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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,709Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 872 out of 5332

$3.91M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 5332

322 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
37% Patients 65 Years and Older

90% 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 York
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

37% of this provider’s 322 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

18% of this provider’s 120 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

32% of this provider’s 322 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 10%.

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Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$403 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $88 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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

$3.32M

2012

$3.61M

2013

$3.58M

2014

$3.91M

2015

Number of Claims

8,455

2012

9,828

2013

9,326

2014

9,709

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
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

475

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

52

patients, 16% of all patients

1 146
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

442

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

71

patients, 22% of all patients

O 2 39
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

393

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

41

patients, 13% of all patients

3 197
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

388

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

51

patients, 16% of all patients

4 147
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

230

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

5 259
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

6 192
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

7 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

31

patients, 10% of all patients

8 2
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

208

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

31

patients, 10% of all patients

9 5
EPZICOM 170

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

10 258
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

159

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

11 15
STRIBILD 146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

12 333
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

R 13 29
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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

14 1
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

35

patients, 11% of all patients

15 31
SUBOXONE

Treats an addiction to or d... +

Treats an addiction to or dependence on narcotic medicine. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

16 243
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

47

patients, 15% of all patients

A 17 193
COMPLERA 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

18 378
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin 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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

19 18
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 20 13
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 21 27
REYATAZ 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

21 267
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

23 115
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

23 7
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

25 256
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

26 12
SUSTIVA 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 27 467
VIREAD 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 28 221
INTELENCE 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 29 343
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 30 52
DRONABINOL 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

31 492
TIVICAY 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 32 337
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

33 69
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 33 148
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 33 94
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 R 36 195
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 37 67
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

38 37
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

39 8
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 39 9
TRIUMEQ 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 41 413
LAMIVUDINE-ZIDOVUDINE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 42 662
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 42 176
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 44 26
LOPERAMIDE

Treats diarrhea and decreas... +

Treats diarrhea and decreases the amount of drainage in patients who have ostomies. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

45 287
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 R 45 184
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 45 11
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 48 68
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 48 79
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. 9, 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.