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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,566Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 111

$1.81M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 111

1,624 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63% Patients 65 Years and Older

2% 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 Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,030 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

7% of this provider’s 1,624 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 11%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

14% of this provider’s 1,030 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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Opioids

14% of this provider’s 1,624 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 10%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$171 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $176 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$530K

2012

$396K

2013

$988K

2014

$1.81M

2015

Number of Claims

7,820

2012

9,523

2013

10,827

2014

10,566

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
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

2,422

prescriptions, 23% of all prescriptions

1,445

prescriptions.

651

patients, 40% of all patients

10 1 2
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,731

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

983

prescriptions.

462

patients, 28% of all patients

2 3
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

760

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

477

prescriptions.

234

patients, 14% of all patients

3 1
DICYCLOMINE HCL

Dicyclomine is used to trea... +

Dicyclomine is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

569

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

299

prescriptions.

249

patients, 15% of all patients

4 11
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

457

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

392

patients, 24% of all patients

5 9
PROCTOZONE-HC

Hydrocortisone is available... +

Hydrocortisone is available with or without a prescription. Source: National Library of Medicine

376

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

182

patients, 11% of all patients

10 6 19
SODIUM CHLORIDE* 338

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

301

patients, 19% of all patients

10 7 21
GLYCOPYRROLATE 318

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

129

patients, 8% of all patients

10 8 17
LANSOPRAZOLE

Treats stomach ulcers, gast... +

Treats stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

312

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

84

patients, 5% of all patients

9 7
SUCRALFATE

Treats ulcers and other sto... +

Treats ulcers and other stomach problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

303

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

113

patients, 7% of all patients

10 10
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

217

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

67

patients, 4% of all patients

11 29
LINZESS

Used in adults to treat irr... +

Used in adults to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C; a condition that causes stomach pain or cramps, bloating, and infrequent or difficult passage of stools) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC; difficult or infrequent passage of stools that lasts for 3 months or longer and is not caused by a disease or a medication). Source: National Library of Medicine

192

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

65

patients, 4% of all patients

12 28
FLUMAZENIL 190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

179

patients, 11% of all patients

10 13 24
MEPERIDINE HCL* 179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

173

patients, 11% of all patients

O R 10 14 14
SUPREP

Used to cleanse of the colo... +

Used to cleanse of the colon in preparation for colonoscopy. Source: National Library of Medicine

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

162

patients, 10% of all patients

15 4
MIDAZOLAM HCL* 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

141

patients, 9% of all patients

16 8
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

48

patients, 3% of all patients

17 6
DEXILANT

Treats erosive esophagitis,... +

Treats erosive esophagitis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

18 25
MIDAZOLAM HCL* 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

99

patients, 6% of all patients

19 13
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL

Metoclopramide is used to r... +

Metoclopramide is used to relieve heartburn and speed the healing of ulcers and sores in the esophagus (tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) in people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD; condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the esophagus) that did not get better with other treatments. Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

20 18
CLARITHROMYCIN

Treats and prevents infecti... +

Treats and prevents infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

66

patients, 4% of all patients

A 21 20
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

62

patients, 4% of all patients

A 22 22
AMITIZA

Treats certain types of lon... +

Treats certain types of long-term constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

23 37
NALOXONE HCL 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

61

patients, 4% of all patients

23 12
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

R 25 62
PROCTOSOL-HC

This is used to help reliev... +

This is used to help relieve redness, itching, swelling, or other discomfort caused by skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

26 65
CARAFATE

Treats ulcers and other sto... +

Treats ulcers and other stomach problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

27 16
DEMEROL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

47

patients, 3% of all patients

O R 28 26
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 July 14, 2008.
  • 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.