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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Dermatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,123Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 270

$708K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 270

1,538 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older

28% 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 1,338 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

16% of this provider’s 1,538 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 14%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

3% of this provider’s 1,338 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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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 *

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$138 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $192 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

3 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 2.


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

$334K

2012

$516K

2013

$636K

2014

$708K

2015

Number of Claims

4,468

2012

5,036

2013

5,372

2014

5,123

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
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE

Treats swelling and itching... +

Treats swelling and itching of the skin. Source: National Library of Medicine

391

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

341

prescriptions.

184

patients, 12% of all patients

10 1 13
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

376

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

325

prescriptions.

223

patients, 14% of all patients

2 1
MINOCYCLINE HCL

Minocycline is used to trea... +

Minocycline is used to treat bacterial infections including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; acne; and infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems. Source: National Library of Medicine

341

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

98

patients, 6% of all patients

A 3 18
DESOXIMETASONE 316

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

173

patients, 11% of all patients

10 4 14
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

Treats fungal infections in the skin, throat, urinary tract, and lungs. Source: National Library of Medicine

266

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

121

patients, 8% of all patients

5 3
IMIQUIMOD 248

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

213

patients, 14% of all patients

10 6 26
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE

Treats psoriasis, skin irri... +

Treats psoriasis, skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

240

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

108

patients, 7% of all patients

7 2
MUPIROCIN*

Treats skin infections and ... +

Treats skin infections and bacterial infections in your nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

201

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

130

patients, 8% of all patients

8 4
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE*

Treats skin irritation, all... +

Treats skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

83

patients, 5% of all patients

9 19
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

41

patients, 3% of all patients

10 38
CEFUROXIME

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

82

patients, 5% of all patients

A 11 49
METRONIDAZOLE*

Used to treat serious bacte... +

Used to treat serious bacterial infections in different areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

99

patients, 6% of all patients

A 12 6
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

138

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

A 13 40
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

66

patients, 4% of all patients

14 15
HYDROCORTISONE VALERATE 132

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

90

patients, 6% of all patients

15 20
HYDROXYZINE HCL

Hydroxyzine is used to reli... +

Hydroxyzine is used to relieve the itching caused by allergies and to control the nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions, including motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

45

patients, 3% of all patients

R 16 35
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE

Doxycycline is used to trea... +

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; Lyme disease; acne; infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems; and anthrax (after inhalational exposure). Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

36

patients, 2% of all patients

A 17 5
CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE

Topical clindamycin is used... +

Topical clindamycin is used to treat acne. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

A 18 21
DESONIDE

Relieves the itching, dryne... +

Relieves the itching, dryness, redness, and swelling caused by skin problems such as atopic dermatitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

57

patients, 4% of all patients

18 10
FLUOCINONIDE

Treats many skin disorders.... +

Treats many skin disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

20 8
HALOBETASOL PROPIONATE 85

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

41

patients, 3% of all patients

21 27
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE*

Treats skin irritation, all... +

Treats skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

22 16
AMMONIUM LACTATE

Treats dry, scaly skin cond... +

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

81

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

47

patients, 3% of all patients

23 22
HUMIRA PEN

Treats the symptoms and pre... +

Treats the symptoms and prevent the progression of active rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 24 51
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Levocetirizine is an antihi... +

Levocetirizine is an antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever and hives of the skin. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

25 23
MOMETASONE FUROATE

Mometasone is used to relie... +

Mometasone is used to relieve the itching and inflammation of numerous skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

26 17
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE

The combination of nystatin... +

The combination of nystatin and triamcinolone is used to treat fungal skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

27 44
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 16, 2014.
  • 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.