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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,962Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 739

$706K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 739

618 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

20% 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

23% of this provider’s 618 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 589 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

8% of this provider’s 618 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $93 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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

$759K

2012

$798K

2013

$752K

2014

$706K

2015

Number of Claims

9,169

2012

10,578

2013

10,224

2014

9,962

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

576

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

564

prescriptions.

156

patients, 25% of all patients

1 1
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

539

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

523

prescriptions.

139

patients, 22% of all patients

2 3
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

487

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

465

prescriptions.

112

patients, 18% of all patients

3 7
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

373

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

368

prescriptions.

113

patients, 18% of all patients

4 4
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

328

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

323

prescriptions.

79

patients, 13% of all patients

5 28
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

327

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

315

prescriptions.

75

patients, 12% of all patients

6 2
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

300

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

71

patients, 11% of all patients

7 5
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

297

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

284

prescriptions.

59

patients, 10% of all patients

8 10
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

296

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

66

patients, 11% of all patients

9 8
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

263

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

230

prescriptions.

59

patients, 10% of all patients

10 26
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

11 6
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

52

patients, 8% of all patients

12 29
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

187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

13 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

14 33
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

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

15 21
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

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

16 30
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

O 17 69
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

18 19
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

98

patients, 16% of all patients

A 19 66
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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

20 64
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

21 62
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

22 75
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

23 49
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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

24 11
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

24 12
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

26 35
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

27 63
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

R 28 47
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

29 17
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

30 22
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

31 32
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

32 76
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

33 16
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

34 60
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

34 52
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

36 9
BENICAR HCT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

37 68
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

38 25
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

39 104
XARELTO

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 39 14
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, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

41 140
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 March 12, 2013.
  • 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.