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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,749Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 26 providers in this state and specialty

$863K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 26 providers in this state and specialty

523 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
18% Patients 65 Years and Older

98% 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

Comparisons are not shown because there are not enough providers in this specialty and state that prescribe these drugs, and because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

53 of this provider’s 92 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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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

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

0 of this provider’s 523 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid

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Brand Name Drugs

7% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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

$648K

2014

$1.09M

2015

$863K

2016

Number of Claims

6,573

2014

12,809

2015

12,749

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
RISPERIDONE 1,005

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

95

patients, 18% of all patients

P 1 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 830

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

74

patients, 14% of all patients

2 12
TRAZODONE HCL 733

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

100

patients, 19% of all patients

3 5
FLUOXETINE HCL 726

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

69

patients, 13% of all patients

4 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 712

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

76

patients, 15% of all patients

P 5 16
OLANZAPINE 667

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

61

patients, 12% of all patients

P 6 20
CLONIDINE HCL 461

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

87

patients, 17% of all patients

7 36
LORAZEPAM 434

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

69

patients, 13% of all patients

8 11
CLONAZEPAM 426

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

66

patients, 13% of all patients

9 26
LAMOTRIGINE 401

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

10 29
SERTRALINE HCL 389

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

11 21
ARIPIPRAZOLE 342

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

P 12 39
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 318

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

13 49
GABAPENTIN 317

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

14 13
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE 315

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

10 15 52
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 314

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

16 25
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 297

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

17 31
CLOZAPINE 283

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

P 18 35
OXCARBAZEPINE 251

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

19 58
HALOPERIDOL 245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

P 20 50
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

<11 21

patients, 4% of all patients

21 51
BUSPIRONE HCL 195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

21 59
PAROXETINE HCL 191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

23 46
BUPROPION HCL SR 181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

24 67
SEROQUEL XR 171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

P 25 68
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

26 62
MIRTAZAPINE 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

27 32
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

P 28 83
DULOXETINE HCL 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

29 63
LITHIUM CARBONATE ER 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 13

patients, 2% of all patients

30 94
RISPERDAL CONSTA 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 P 31 96
TOPIRAMATE 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 13

patients, 2% of all patients

32 69
CARBAMAZEPINE ER 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 32 97
BUPROPION HCL 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 15

patients, 3% of all patients

34 99
LITHIUM CARBONATE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

35 100
PROPRANOLOL HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 36 108
CARBAMAZEPINE 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 37 110
BUPROPION XL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 38 113
INVEGA SUSTENNA 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 39 114
DIAZEPAM 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 40 81
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 13

patients, 2% of all patients

41 56
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 Sept. 30, 2008.
  • 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.