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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,146Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 241 providers in this state and specialty

$1.61M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 241 providers in this state and specialty

662 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% 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 Pennsylvania
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 586 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

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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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

47% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 47%.

Prescription Price

$198 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $284 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$1.19M

2014

$1.54M

2015

$1.61M

2016

Number of Claims

7,647

2014

8,181

2015

8,146

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
SYNTHROID 1,337

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

1,224

prescriptions.

225

patients, 34% of all patients

1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 808

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

640

prescriptions.

142

patients, 21% of all patients

2 1
METFORMIN HCL 558

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

490

prescriptions.

122

patients, 18% of all patients

3 3
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 420

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

380

prescriptions.

83

patients, 13% of all patients

4 17
SIMVASTATIN 330

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

5 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 306

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

63

patients, 10% of all patients

6 6
INVOKANA 254

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

7 19
JANUVIA 243

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

8 12
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 211

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

66

patients, 10% of all patients

9 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 207

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

10 8
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

11 5
VICTOZA 3-PAK 145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

12 16
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

13 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

14 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

15 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

16 28
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

17 10
METHIMAZOLE 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

18 13
LISINOPRIL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

19 15
ANDROGEL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

20 84
GLIPIZIDE 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

21 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

22 141
NOVOLOG 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

23 22
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

24 11
LANTUS 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

25 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

26 82
BYETTA 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

27 154
LEVOXYL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 28 41
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 Nov. 1, 2007.
  • 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.