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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

VENKATACHALAM MULUKUTLA M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Student in an Organized Health Care Education/Training Program

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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36,404Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 203

$5.86M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 203

33,762 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older

32% 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 Texas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 30,620 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Antibiotics

0% of this provider’s 33,762 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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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

100% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$161 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $90 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

1 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 6.


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

2012

$3.19M

2013

$5.31M

2014

$5.86M

2015

Number of Claims

2012

20,726

2013

32,725

2014

36,404

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
ZOSTAVAX

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Prevents shingles (herpes zoster virus). Source: National Library of Medicine

24,802

prescriptions, 68% of all prescriptions

23,064

prescriptions.

24,772

patients, 73% of all patients

10 1 1
BOOSTRIX TDAP 7,768

prescriptions, 21% of all prescriptions

6,758

prescriptions.

7,752

patients, 23% of all patients

10 2 2
ADACEL TDAP 1,655

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

1,372

prescriptions.

1,652

patients, 5% of all patients

10 3 13
TWINRIX 608

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

435

prescriptions.

381

patients, 1% of all patients

10 4 33
HAVRIX 290

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

273

patients, 1% of all patients

10 5 55
M-M-R II VACCINE 213

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

204

patients, 1% of all patients

10 6 68
TYPHIM VI 209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

207

patients, 1% of all patients

10 7 70
YF-VAX 156

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

156

patients, 0% of all patients

10 8 87
VAQTA 147

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

135

patients, 0% of all patients

10 9 90
TETANUS DIPHTHERIA TOXOIDS 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

69

patients, 0% of all patients

10 10 132
TENIVAC 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

62

patients, 0% of all patients

10 11 142
MENOMUNE-A-C-Y-W-135 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

55

patients, 0% of all patients

10 12 158
MENACTRA 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

52

patients, 0% of all patients

10 13 164
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 23, 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.