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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

PETER ALPERT MD

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Infectious Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,151Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 261

$4.46M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 261

227 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
37% Patients 65 Years and Older

77% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
higher than average Average for
this specialty
in New York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

24% of this provider’s 227 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 29%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

14 of this provider’s 85 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

12% of this provider’s 227 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 11%.

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Brand Name Drugs

51% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 38%.

Prescription Price

$547 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $425 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$3.36M

2012

$3.68M

2013

$4.25M

2014

$4.46M

2015

Number of Claims

7,576

2012

7,501

2013

8,578

2014

8,151

2015

This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

469

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

63

patients, 28% of all patients

1 1
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

408

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

50

patients, 22% of all patients

2 2
EPZICOM 316

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

36

patients, 16% of all patients

3 17
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

313

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

41

patients, 18% of all patients

4 6
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

301

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

30

patients, 13% of all patients

5 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

218

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

35

patients, 15% of all patients

R 6 25
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

211

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

33

patients, 15% of all patients

7 31
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

209

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

24

patients, 11% of all patients

8 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

25

patients, 11% of all patients

9 4
REYATAZ 148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

20

patients, 9% of all patients

10 15
COMPLERA 148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

10 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

12 3
LAMIVUDINE 128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

18

patients, 8% of all patients

13 63
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

14 7
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

20

patients, 9% of all patients

15 43
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

16 9
TIVICAY 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

17 27
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

18 8
VIREAD 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

19 34
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

20 12
STRIBILD 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

21 45
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

22 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

23 16
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

24 18
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

Treating infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

A 25 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

25 19
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

27 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 27 14
SUSTIVA 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 29 51
PREZCOBIX 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

30 218
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 31 23
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

O 32 68
AMMONIUM LACTATE

Treats dry, scaly skin cond... +

Treats dry, scaly skin conditions called xerosis and ichthyosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

33 60
KALETRA 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 33 50
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

35 91
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

36 26
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 37 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 38 22
VENTOLIN HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 39 93
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 40 77
INTELENCE 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 41 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 42 21
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Dec. 13, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.