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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Infectious Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,890Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 96

$3.93M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 96

319 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
12% Patients 65 Years and Older

92% 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 Georgia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

0 of this provider’s 37 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

17% of this provider’s 319 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 47%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

6% of this provider’s 319 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 9%.

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Brand Name Drugs

58% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 43%.

Prescription Price

$498 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $741 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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

$2.02M

2012

$2.06M

2013

$3.69M

2014

$3.93M

2015

Number of Claims

4,721

2012

4,751

2013

7,728

2014

7,890

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
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

700

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

119

patients, 37% of all patients

1 2
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

663

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

121

patients, 38% of all patients

2 1
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

418

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

77

patients, 24% of all patients

3 3
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

311

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

54

patients, 17% of all patients

4 7
KALETRA 262

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

36

patients, 11% of all patients

10 5 19
REYATAZ 239

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

42

patients, 13% of all patients

6 6
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

236

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

38

patients, 12% of all patients

7 4
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

228

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

39

patients, 12% of all patients

8 5
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

228

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

40

patients, 13% of all patients

8 13
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

218

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

36

patients, 11% of all patients

10 8
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

210

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

38

patients, 12% of all patients

11 10
CHLORTHALIDONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

31

patients, 10% of all patients

12 60
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

Treats herpes labialis (cold sores). Source: National Library of Medicine

174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

31

patients, 10% of all patients

13 18
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

167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

14 16
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

31

patients, 10% of all patients

A 15 11
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

140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

16 26
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

137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

17 33
STRIBILD 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

18 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

19 55
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

20 43
LAMIVUDINE-ZIDOVUDINE 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

21 42
VIREAD 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

22 17
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

23 72
EPZICOM 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

23 15
SUSTIVA 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 25 31
LAMIVUDINE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

26 28
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) 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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

26 74
ABACAVIR 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

28 24
VIRACEPT 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

10 29 77
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

30 40
NEVIRAPINE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 31 80
ZIDOVUDINE 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

10 32 50
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

33 35
INTELENCE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 34 21
EMTRIVA 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 35 62
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 36 61
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 8, 2007.
  • 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.