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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Critical Care Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,289Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 32

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 32

819 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75% Patients 65 Years and Older

45% 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 Ohio
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 618 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

60% of this provider’s 819 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 26%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

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

15 of this provider’s 618 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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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.

60 of this provider’s 819 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid

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Brand Name Drugs *

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 57%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$127 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $342 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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

$487K

2012

$589K

2013

$775K

2014

$1.05M

2015

Number of Claims

4,395

2012

5,064

2013

6,773

2014

8,289

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
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,524

prescriptions, 18% of all prescriptions

1,200

prescriptions.

363

patients, 44% of all patients

1 1
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

805

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

634

prescriptions.

230

patients, 28% of all patients

A 2 8
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

531

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

308

prescriptions.

147

patients, 18% of all patients

3 2
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

444

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

332

prescriptions.

77

patients, 9% of all patients

4 5
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

412

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

74

patients, 9% of all patients

5 3
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

319

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

74

patients, 9% of all patients

6 4
CEFUROXIME

Treats infections caused by... +

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

276

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

183

patients, 22% of all patients

A 7 32
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

62

patients, 8% of all patients

8 10
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

189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

9 6
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT

Used to help control the sy... +

Used to help control the symptoms of lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

10 28
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

129

patients, 16% of all patients

A 11 30
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

114

patients, 14% of all patients

12 49
ERY-TAB 141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

A 10 13 51
DULERA

Used to treat asthma and im... +

Used to treat asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

14 25
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

A 15 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

16 11
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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

17 26
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

18 39
CLARITHROMYCIN

Treats and prevents infecti... +

Treats and prevents infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

73

patients, 9% of all patients

A 19 68
DALIRESP

Used to prevent the symptom... +

Used to prevent the symptoms (flare-ups) of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from getting worse. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

20 37
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

21 29
VENTOLIN HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

21 44
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS

Theophylline is used to pre... +

Theophylline is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness caused by asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

23 45
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

R 23 49
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Pramipexole is used alone o... +

Pramipexole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

25 46
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE

Doxycycline is used to trea... +

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; Lyme disease; acne; infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems; and anthrax (after inhalational exposure). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

A 26 84
TUDORZA PRESSAIR

Used as a long term treatme... +

Used as a long term treatment to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways) such as chronic bronchitis (swelling of the air passages that lead to the lungs) and emphysema (damage to air sacs in the lungs). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

27 56
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 28 14
BREO ELLIPTA

Treats asthma in patients n... +

Treats asthma in patients not adequately controlled a long-term asthma medicine and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

29 33
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

30 47
NASONEX

Treats or prevents the symp... +

Treats or prevents the symptoms of seasonal (short-term) and perennial (year-round) allergies (hay fever), such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

30 94
NYSTATIN

Treats fungus infections in... +

Treats fungus infections in the mouth, throat, and intestines. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

32 96
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

32 9
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 April 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.