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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,686Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 119 out of 2124

$1.57M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 2124

842 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90% Patients 65 Years and Older

15% 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

30% of this provider’s 842 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

16% of this provider’s 759 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 842 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$114 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $90 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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

$1.13M

2012

$1.47M

2013

$1.71M

2014

$1.57M

2015

Number of Claims

10,931

2012

13,299

2013

14,064

2014

13,686

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
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

777

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

661

prescriptions.

199

patients, 24% of all patients

1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

619

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

575

prescriptions.

170

patients, 20% of all patients

2 2
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

550

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

495

prescriptions.

144

patients, 17% of all patients

3 4
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

477

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

411

prescriptions.

122

patients, 14% of all patients

4 6
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

415

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

368

prescriptions.

101

patients, 12% of all patients

5 16
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

310

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

76

patients, 9% of all patients

6 9
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

298

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

84

patients, 10% of all patients

7 13
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

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

275

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

68

patients, 8% of all patients

8 39
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

266

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

64

patients, 8% of all patients

9 40
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

265

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

67

patients, 8% of all patients

10 20
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

262

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

79

patients, 9% of all patients

11 34
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

251

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

82

patients, 10% of all patients

12 7
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

251

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

63

patients, 7% of all patients

12 3
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

14 15
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

212

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

165

patients, 20% of all patients

A 15 31
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

208

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

52

patients, 6% of all patients

16 41
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

199

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

57

patients, 7% of all patients

17 8
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

18 44
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

19 27
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

20 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

59

patients, 7% of all patients

21 21
TOPROL XL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain), and lowers the risk of repeated heart attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

51

patients, 6% of all patients

22 181
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

23 62
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

153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

24 10
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

25 130
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

26 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

27 42
COREG CR 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

10 28 381
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

29 123
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

30 47
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

30 132
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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

30 14
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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

30 11
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

34 28
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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

35 18
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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

R 36 26
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

37 89
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM

Treats gastroesophageal ref... +

Treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and a damaged esophagus. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

38 341
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

39 5
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

40 69
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

41 68
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

41 75
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

43 71
AZOR

This is a combination of am... +

This is a combination of amlodipine and olmesartan is a combination of medicines that may be used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

44 190
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL

The combination of glyburid... +

The combination of glyburide and metformin is used 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) in people whose diabetes cannot be controlled by diet and exercise alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

R 45 274
NIFEDICAL XL

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

46 256
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

47 38
GLYBURIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

R 48 252
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

O 49 29
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

49 23
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

51 67
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

51 43
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

53 30
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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

54 25
VYTORIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

55 243
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

56 37
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

56 92
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

A 58 155
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

59 64
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

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

60 17
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 60 98
KLOR-CON M20

Potassium is essential for ... +

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

62 197
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

63 65
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 64 70
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

64 49
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

66 91
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

Verapamil is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 66 205
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

R 66 251
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 Nov. 13, 2015.
  • 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.