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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,661Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 474 out of 5332

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 333 out of 5332

278 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older

83% 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 York
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

43% of this provider’s 278 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

24% of this provider’s 242 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

15% of this provider’s 278 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 10%.

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Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$96 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $88 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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

$1.06M

2012

$1.15M

2013

$1.23M

2014

$1.22M

2015

Number of Claims

10,388

2012

11,406

2013

12,044

2014

12,661

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
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

502

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

449

prescriptions.

102

patients, 37% of all patients

1 15
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

387

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

382

prescriptions.

66

patients, 24% of all patients

2 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

308

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

56

patients, 20% of all patients

3 30
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

308

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

50

patients, 18% of all patients

3 13
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

289

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

268

prescriptions.

44

patients, 16% of all patients

5 16
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

275

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

53

patients, 19% of all patients

6 3
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

253

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

72

patients, 26% of all patients

7 45
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

248

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

42

patients, 15% of all patients

8 10
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

219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

27

patients, 10% of all patients

9 4
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

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

44

patients, 16% of all patients

10 1
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

204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

48

patients, 17% of all patients

11 5
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

41

patients, 15% of all patients

12 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

188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

35

patients, 13% of all patients

13 7
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

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

37

patients, 13% of all patients

14 141
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

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

33

patients, 12% of all patients

15 11
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

169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

50

patients, 18% of all patients

16 72
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

30

patients, 11% of all patients

17 20
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

67

patients, 24% of all patients

18 122
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

28

patients, 10% of all patients

19 17
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

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

19 18
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

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

21 32
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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

35

patients, 13% of all patients

22 44
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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

38

patients, 14% of all patients

22 79
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

24 62
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

29

patients, 10% of all patients

25 51
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

26 56
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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

27

patients, 10% of all patients

27 36
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

28 148
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

29 35
BENICAR HCT

Used alone or together with... +

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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

30 108
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

30 49
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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

32 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

33 2
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL

The combination of glyburid... +

The combination of glyburide and metformin is used 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) in people whose diabetes cannot be controlled by diet and exercise alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

R 34 292
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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

27

patients, 10% of all patients

R 34 29
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE

This combination medication... +

This combination medication is used to treat a variety of inflamed fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

43

patients, 15% of all patients

36 137
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

37 89
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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

38 9
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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

39 93
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

23

patients, 8% of all patients

40 150
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

41 28
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

42 27
DICLOFENAC SODIUM ER 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

32

patients, 12% of all patients

43 295
REPAGLINIDE

Repaglinide is used to trea... +

Repaglinide is used 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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

43 143
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

23

patients, 8% of all patients

45 68
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

31

patients, 11% of all patients

O 46 61
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

22

patients, 8% of all patients

47 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

48 67
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

34

patients, 12% of all patients

49 53
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

50 163
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

51 57
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

51 210
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

53 81
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

<11 54 47
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

<11 54 38
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

56 21
CREON

Helps patients who have cys... +

Helps patients who have cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis, or digestive disorders digest food. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

57 99
RISEDRONATE SODIUM 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

57 444
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

27

patients, 10% of all patients

59 73
HALOBETASOL PROPIONATE 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

60 434
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 60 54
VESICARE

Solifenacin is used to trea... +

Solifenacin is used to treat overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably and cause frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination). Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 62 164
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 63 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

64 24
SINGLE USE SWAB

Single-use swabs +

Single-use swabs. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

22

patients, 8% of all patients

65 112
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

66 129
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

49

patients, 18% of all patients

A 66 46
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

32

patients, 12% of all patients

68 25
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN

Treats type 2 diabetes. +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 69 174
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 2, 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.