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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,893Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 179

$443K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 179

671 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older

9% 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 New Jersey
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

28% of this provider’s 671 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

6% of this provider’s 645 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

3% of this provider’s 671 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 28%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$90 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $101 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


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

$257K

2012

$374K

2013

$427K

2014

$443K

2015

Number of Claims

3,209

2012

4,299

2013

5,009

2014

4,893

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

281

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

91

patients, 14% of all patients

1 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

257

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

83

patients, 12% of all patients

2 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

213

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

3 5
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

204

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

4 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

193

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

57

patients, 8% of all patients

5 4
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

6 30
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

7 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

8 15
ELIQUIS

Used to help prevent stroke... +

Used to help prevent strokes or blood clots in people who have atrial fibrillation (a condition in which the heart beats irregularly, increasing the chance of clots forming in the body and possibly causing strokes) that is not caused by heart valve disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

9 89
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE

Bisoprolol is used alone or... +

Bisoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

10 127
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

11 23
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

12 135
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

13 36
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

14 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

15 72
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

16 100
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

17 20
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

A 18 86
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

19 109
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

20 108
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

21 11
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

21 166
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

23 22
PROPRANOLOL HCL

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), and certain types of tremor. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

24 181
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

24 27
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

26 79
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

A 27 40
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 Dec. 1, 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.