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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

ROBERT BENTON MD

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,235Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 68 out of 50 providers in this state and specialty

$888K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 73 out of 50 providers in this state and specialty

1,167 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older

17% 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

0% of this provider’s 1,079 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

1% of this provider’s 1,167 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Opioids

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

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Brand Name Drugs *

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$96 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $92 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$662K

2014

$696K

2015

$888K

2016

Number of Claims

8,820

2014

8,577

2015

9,235

2016

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.

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 982

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

924

prescriptions.

325

patients, 28% of all patients

1 1
ATENOLOL 546

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

502

prescriptions.

183

patients, 16% of all patients

2 13
FUROSEMIDE 542

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

512

prescriptions.

204

patients, 17% of all patients

3 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 519

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

481

prescriptions.

174

patients, 15% of all patients

4 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 484

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

439

prescriptions.

153

patients, 13% of all patients

5 2
LISINOPRIL 470

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

437

prescriptions.

162

patients, 14% of all patients

6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 404

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

370

prescriptions.

128

patients, 11% of all patients

7 3
SIMVASTATIN 365

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

335

prescriptions.

112

patients, 10% of all patients

8 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 313

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

106

patients, 9% of all patients

9 9
CLOPIDOGREL 302

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

106

patients, 9% of all patients

10 5
CARVEDILOL 247

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

71

patients, 6% of all patients

11 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 245

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

84

patients, 7% of all patients

12 20
SPIRONOLACTONE 218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

66

patients, 6% of all patients

13 22
ELIQUIS 203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

66

patients, 6% of all patients

14 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

74

patients, 6% of all patients

15 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

51

patients, 4% of all patients

16 14
XARELTO 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

17 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

18 24
BUMETANIDE 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

55

patients, 5% of all patients

19 84
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

20 30
DIGOXIN 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

20 29
RANEXA 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

22 26
SOTALOL 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

23 64
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

24 31
ZETIA 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

25 28
KLOR-CON M20 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

25 106
CRESTOR 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

27 15
QUINAPRIL HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

28 58
AMIODARONE HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

28 39
VALSARTAN 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

30 21
RAMIPRIL 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

31 19
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

32 32
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

33 27
IRBESARTAN 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

34 49
NITROSTAT 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

35 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

36 55
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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 Jan. 30, 2015.
  • 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.