Prescriber Checkup

Prescriber Checkup

The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

DAVID DESANTIS M.D., PH.D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,154Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 155 out of 1935 providers in this state and specialty

$976K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 137 out of 1935 providers in this state and specialty

473 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69% Patients 65 Years and Older

89% 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 Indiana
lower than average

Antipsychotics

14% of this provider’s 327 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

32% of this provider’s 473 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Opioids

45% of this provider’s 473 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 17%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$533K

2014

$859K

2015

$976K

2016

Number of Claims

9,997

2014

14,808

2015

14,154

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 632

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

385

prescriptions.

113

patients, 24% of all patients

O 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 533

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

386

prescriptions.

82

patients, 17% of all patients

2 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 438

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

324

prescriptions.

61

patients, 13% of all patients

3 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 328

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

62

patients, 13% of all patients

4 17
ALPRAZOLAM 307

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

56

patients, 12% of all patients

5 16
OMEPRAZOLE 300

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

63

patients, 13% of all patients

6 5
LISINOPRIL 288

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

7 3
LORAZEPAM 283

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

8 36
GABAPENTIN 252

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

9 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 248

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

10 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

11 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 226

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

45

patients, 10% of all patients

12 4
SIMVASTATIN 224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

13 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

14 21
TRAZODONE HCL 219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

15 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 205

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

43

patients, 9% of all patients

16 2
CLOPIDOGREL 195

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

17 24
NAMENDA XR 190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

18 50
CLONAZEPAM 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

19 44
OXYCODONE HCL 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

O 19 99
FAMOTIDINE* 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

21 60
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

O 22 47
METFORMIN HCL 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

23 8
TRAMADOL HCL 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

O 24 19
PREDNISONE 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

25 37
SERTRALINE HCL 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

26 20
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

27 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

28 22
MIRTAZAPINE 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

29 54
IBUPROFEN 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

30 105
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

31 77
CITALOPRAM HBR 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

32 28
FENTANYL 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

O 33 94
DULOXETINE HCL 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

33 32
DIAZEPAM 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

35 75
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

P 36 68
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

36 15
RISPERIDONE 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

P 38 95
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

39 56
RANITIDINE HCL 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

40 43
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

41 96
ELIQUIS 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

42 114
BUSPIRONE HCL 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

43 85
CARVEDILOL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

44 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

44 18
MORPHINE SULFATE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

O 46 339
LANTUS 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

47 73
ATENOLOL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

48 26
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

O 49 126
AMIODARONE HCL 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

49 170
FLUOXETINE HCL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

51 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

52 66
LEVETIRACETAM 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

53 97
LEVEMIR 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 54 132
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

55 121
TIZANIDINE HCL 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

56 69
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

A 57 117
BACLOFEN 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

58 81
CLOZAPINE 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 P 59 204
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

59 11
OLANZAPINE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

P 61 125
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 16

patients, 3% of all patients

62 76
BUDESONIDE 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 63 229
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 11

patients, 2% of all patients

64 45
LEVOFLOXACIN 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

A 65 74
ALLOPURINOL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 66 29
VENTOLIN HFA 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 13

patients, 3% of all patients

67 71
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

A 68 90
LYRICA 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 68 63
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 Dec. 22, 2016.
  • 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.