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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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5,785Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 230 providers in this state and specialty

$1.46M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 230 providers in this state and specialty

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

47% 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 Massachusetts
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 395 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

3% of this provider’s 531 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

42% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 41%.

Prescription Price

$253 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $251 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$979K

2014

$1.45M

2015

$1.46M

2016

Number of Claims

5,965

2014

7,155

2015

5,785

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,133

prescriptions, 20% of all prescriptions

788

prescriptions.

225

patients, 42% of all patients

1 1
SYNTHROID 373

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

288

prescriptions.

86

patients, 16% of all patients

2 8
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 242

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

78

patients, 15% of all patients

3 3
METFORMIN HCL ER 240

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

57

patients, 11% of all patients

4 6
METFORMIN HCL 161

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

5 2
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

6 65
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

7 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 114

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

8 5
INSULIN SYRINGE* 110

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

9 31
INSULIN SYRINGE* 110

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

9 35
HUMALOG 99

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

11 24
HUMULIN N 91

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

12 60
INVOKANA 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

13 37
NOVOLOG 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

14 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

14 14
JANUVIA 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

14 11
LANTUS 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

17 10
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

18 18
CALCITRIOL 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

19 136
HUMULIN N KWIKPEN 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

20 89
GLIMEPIRIDE 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

21 13
NOVOLIN N 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

22 77
SIMVASTATIN 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

22 9
OMEPRAZOLE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

24 17
METHIMAZOLE 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

25 19
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

26 175
LISINOPRIL 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

27 7
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

27 15
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 July 8, 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.