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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,554Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 22 providers in this state and specialty

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 22 providers in this state and specialty

839 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older

36% 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 Pennsylvania
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

21% of this provider’s 839 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Opioids

12% of this provider’s 839 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$956K

2014

$1.05M

2015

$1.02M

2016

Number of Claims

13,505

2014

15,286

2015

14,554

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 945

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

806

prescriptions.

195

patients, 23% of all patients

1 1
SIMVASTATIN 578

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

493

prescriptions.

154

patients, 18% of all patients

2 8
LISINOPRIL 481

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

429

prescriptions.

134

patients, 16% of all patients

3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 467

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

329

prescriptions.

105

patients, 13% of all patients

4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 374

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

329

prescriptions.

87

patients, 10% of all patients

5 4
ATENOLOL 365

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

328

prescriptions.

91

patients, 11% of all patients

6 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 328

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

302

prescriptions.

86

patients, 10% of all patients

7 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 317

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

64

patients, 8% of all patients

8 21
METFORMIN HCL 289

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

69

patients, 8% of all patients

9 16
SYNTHROID 252

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

10 66
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

11 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

65

patients, 8% of all patients

12 23
GABAPENTIN 210

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

13 10
TRAMADOL HCL 175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

O 14 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

15 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

16 29
LORAZEPAM 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

17 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

O 18 34
CLONAZEPAM 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

19 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

20 20
FUROSEMIDE 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

21 2
ALPRAZOLAM 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

22 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

23 50
SERTRALINE HCL 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

24 11
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

25 141
LEVETIRACETAM 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 13

patients, 2% of all patients

26 36
VALPROIC ACID* 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 27 159
DULOXETINE HCL 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

28 35
BACLOFEN 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

29 64
LACTULOSE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 16

patients, 2% of all patients

30 82
TRAZODONE HCL 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

31 24
ALLOPURINOL 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

32 40
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

33 118
DONEPEZIL HCL 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

34 14
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

34 53
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

36 48
RISEDRONATE SODIUM 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

37 294
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 38 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

39 9
CARVEDILOL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

40 28
FAMOTIDINE* 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

41 43
GLIMEPIRIDE 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

42 71
JANUVIA 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

42 53
MIRTAZAPINE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

44 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

44 75
CELECOXIB 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

44 84
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

47 13
CARBAMAZEPINE 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 47 106
VALSARTAN 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

49 59
PAROXETINE HCL 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

50 79
CLONIDINE HCL 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

50 114
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

52 12
PREVACID 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

53 258
QUINAPRIL HCL 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

54 154
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

O 54 63
RANITIDINE HCL 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

54 49
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

57 25
PHENOBARBITAL 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

58 138
DIAZEPAM 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

59 115
TOPIRAMATE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 59 164
CLOPIDOGREL 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

61 18
VENTOLIN HFA 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

62 133
IBUPROFEN 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

63 98
IRBESARTAN 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 64 205
ETODOLAC 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 65 338
VESICARE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

66 107
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

67 216
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. 16, 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.