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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,511Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 340 providers in this state and specialty

$2.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 340 providers in this state and specialty

747 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74% Patients 65 Years and Older

44% 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 North Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 550 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

13% of this provider’s 747 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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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

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$450 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $513 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

6 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 4.


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

$969K

2014

$1.6M

2015

$2.03M

2016

Number of Claims

2,577

2014

3,028

2015

4,511

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
OMEPRAZOLE 818

prescriptions, 18% of all prescriptions

605

prescriptions.

199

patients, 27% of all patients

1 1
DEXILANT 336

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

71

patients, 10% of all patients

2 7
LINZESS 320

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

83

patients, 11% of all patients

3 9
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 275

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

109

patients, 15% of all patients

4 13
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 227

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

54

patients, 7% of all patients

5 14
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 177

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

66

patients, 9% of all patients

6 6
SUCRALFATE 168

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

64

patients, 9% of all patients

7 10
NEXIUM 157

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

8 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

9 2
ZENPEP 96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

10 65
LANSOPRAZOLE 87

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

11 24
FAMOTIDINE* 85

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

12 18
LIALDA 80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

13 36
AMITIZA 74

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

14 19
CHOLESTYRAMINE 72

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

15 50
CREON 71

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

16 57
XIFAXAN 70

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

A 17 31
WELCHOL 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

18 61
NADOLOL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

19 64
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 14

patients, 2% of all patients

20 34
SPIRONOLACTONE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

21 25
FLUCONAZOLE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

21 119
DICYCLOMINE HCL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

23 4
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 June 22, 2010.
  • 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.