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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,353Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 954

$2.74M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 954

348 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62% Patients 65 Years and Older

72% 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

16% of this provider’s 217 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

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

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

17% of this provider’s 217 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

7% of this provider’s 348 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 9%.

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Brand Name Drugs

60% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$328 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $190 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$1.81M

2012

$2.17M

2013

$2.42M

2014

$2.74M

2015

Number of Claims

7,360

2012

7,691

2013

7,636

2014

8,353

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
NUEDEXTA

Used to treat pseudobulbar ... +

Used to treat pseudobulbar affect (PBA; a condition of sudden, frequent outbursts of crying or laughing that can not be controlled) in people with certain conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease; condition in which the nerves that control muscle movement slowly die, causing the muscles to shrink and weaken) or multiple sclerosis (a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control). Source: National Library of Medicine

641

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

336

prescriptions.

90

patients, 26% of all patients

1 216
EXELON

Rivastigmine is used to tre... +

Rivastigmine is used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

374

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

338

prescriptions.

64

patients, 18% of all patients

2 133
GRALISE 340

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

62

patients, 18% of all patients

10 3 299
VIMPAT

Used to control partial sei... +

Used to control partial seizures (convulsions) in the treatment of epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

280

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

4 255
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

277

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

49

patients, 14% of all patients

5 46
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

268

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

44

patients, 13% of all patients

6 67
APTIOM 254

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

46

patients, 13% of all patients

10 7 362
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

227

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

43

patients, 12% of all patients

8 52
NEUPRO 215

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

10 9 320
HORIZANT 213

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

41

patients, 12% of all patients

10 10 387
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

P 11 44
ZORVOLEX 192

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

45

patients, 13% of all patients

10 12 403
CAMBIA 178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

38

patients, 11% of all patients

10 13 414
LATUDA

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

P 14 376
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

34

patients, 10% of all patients

15 95
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

16 96
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

43

patients, 12% of all patients

17 159
VIIBRYD

Used to treat depression in... +

Used to treat depression in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

18 399
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

P 19 83
BRINTELLIX 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

20 466
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

21 110
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

Venlafaxine is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

22 158
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

P 23 200
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

24 31
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

25 64
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

26 105
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

R 27 26
VICTOZA 2-PAK

Used with a diet and exerci... +

Used with a diet and exercise program to control blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

28 454
DEXILANT

Treats erosive esophagitis,... +

Treats erosive esophagitis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 29 103
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

30 10
TROKENDI XR 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

10 30 552
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

32 60
CLOMIPRAMINE HCL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

R 33 564
FETZIMA 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 34 569
CARISOPRODOL

Treats pain and stiffness o... +

Treats pain and stiffness of muscle spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

R 35 425
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 35 36
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 37 146
PEXEVA 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 10 38 590
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 May 21, 2012.
  • 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.