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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Dermatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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2,509Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 218

$376K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 218

595 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77% Patients 65 Years and Older

56% 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 North Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 458 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

17% of this provider’s 595 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 458 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Opioids

2% of this provider’s 595 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 3%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

9% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$150 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $180 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

4 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 3.


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

$237K

2012

$410K

2013

$282K

2014

$376K

2015

Number of Claims

2,006

2012

2,536

2013

2,524

2014

2,509

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
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE

Treats psoriasis, skin irri... +

Treats psoriasis, skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

388

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

279

prescriptions.

157

patients, 26% of all patients

1 2
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

278

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

140

patients, 24% of all patients

2 1
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

Treats fungal infections in the skin, throat, urinary tract, and lungs. Source: National Library of Medicine

210

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

75

patients, 13% of all patients

3 3
HYDROCORTISONE

Hydrocortisone provides rel... +

Hydrocortisone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

167

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

95

patients, 16% of all patients

4 10
MUPIROCIN*

Treats skin infections and ... +

Treats skin infections and bacterial infections in your nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

59

patients, 10% of all patients

5 5
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

6 22
HYDROXYZINE HCL

Hydroxyzine is used to reli... +

Hydroxyzine is used to relieve the itching caused by allergies and to control the nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions, including motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

R 7 33
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

79

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

A 8 36
NYSTATIN

Treats fungus infections in... +

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

63

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

9 46
MINOCYCLINE HCL

Minocycline is used to trea... +

Minocycline is used to treat bacterial infections including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; acne; and infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

A 10 12
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

A 11 8
TRETINOIN 52

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

12 48
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 Nov. 1, 2010.
  • 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.