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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,780Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 84 providers in this state and specialty

$552K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 84 providers in this state and specialty

474 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older

14% 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

This provider prescribed antipsychotics 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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Antibiotics

35% of this provider’s 474 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 33%.

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Opioids

11% of this provider’s 474 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $70 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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

$539K

2014

$530K

2015

$552K

2016

Number of Claims

9,824

2014

9,318

2015

9,780

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
SIMVASTATIN 591

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

543

prescriptions.

122

patients, 26% of all patients

1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 567

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

532

prescriptions.

95

patients, 20% of all patients

2 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 466

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

446

prescriptions.

95

patients, 20% of all patients

3 3
LISINOPRIL 441

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

407

prescriptions.

88

patients, 19% of all patients

4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 424

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

391

prescriptions.

80

patients, 17% of all patients

5 7
METFORMIN HCL 318

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

59

patients, 12% of all patients

6 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 284

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

279

prescriptions.

52

patients, 11% of all patients

7 9
ALPRAZOLAM 255

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

50

patients, 11% of all patients

8 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 244

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

9 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 236

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

10 14
FUROSEMIDE 191

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

11 6
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

12 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 166

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

13 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

14 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

15 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

16 21
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

17 37
GABAPENTIN 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

18 12
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

19 51
CITALOPRAM HBR 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

19 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

21 48
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

22 54
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

23 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

O 24 17
ALLOPURINOL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

25 30
RAMIPRIL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

26 115
AMOXICILLIN 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

54

patients, 11% of all patients

A 27 58
FINASTERIDE 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 28 66
ATENOLOL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

29 19
BENICAR 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

30 138
BYSTOLIC 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

31 125
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 32 82
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

33 35
VALSARTAN 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

33 47
LORAZEPAM 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

35 16
SYNTHROID 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 35 34
CRESTOR 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

37 68
GLIMEPIRIDE 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

38 55
CLOPIDOGREL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

39 18
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 40 181
ADVAIR DISKUS 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 41 78
BENICAR HCT 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

41 268
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. 31, 2011.
  • 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.