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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,041Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 230 providers in this state and specialty

$744K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 63 out of 230 providers in this state and specialty

445 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older

14% 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

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

19% of this provider’s 445 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Opioids

6% of this provider’s 445 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 41%.

Prescription Price

$123 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $251 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$629K

2014

$669K

2015

$744K

2016

Number of Claims

5,178

2014

5,024

2015

6,041

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 773

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

693

prescriptions.

207

patients, 47% of all patients

1 1
SIMVASTATIN 212

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

63

patients, 14% of all patients

2 9
SYNTHROID 182

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

3 8
METFORMIN HCL 179

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

52

patients, 12% of all patients

4 2
GLIMEPIRIDE 169

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

53

patients, 12% of all patients

5 13
OMEPRAZOLE 167

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

49

patients, 11% of all patients

6 17
METFORMIN HCL ER 124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

47

patients, 11% of all patients

7 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

8 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

9 29
GABAPENTIN 117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

9 28
LISINOPRIL 115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

11 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

12 20
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

O 13 128
ALPRAZOLAM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

14 51
FENOFIBRATE* 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

15 74
TRAZODONE HCL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

16 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

17 87
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

17 30
BENICAR HCT 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

19 160
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

20 93
ATENOLOL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

21 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

22 92
SERTRALINE HCL 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

23 44
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

23 14
RANITIDINE HCL 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

25 68
LORAZEPAM 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

26 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

26 23
LEVOXYL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

28 43
VICTOZA 3-PAK 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

29 33
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

29 3
FLUOXETINE HCL 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

31 70
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 Jan. 4, 2017.
  • 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.