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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,774Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 168 providers in this state and specialty

$757K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 168 providers in this state and specialty

1,303 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older

29% 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 Connecticut
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,224 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

1% of this provider’s 1,303 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 1,303 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$131 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $127 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

4 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


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

$278K

2014

$318K

2015

$757K

2016

Number of Claims

2,521

2014

2,714

2015

5,774

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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 533

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

512

prescriptions.

211

patients, 16% of all patients

1 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 498

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

449

prescriptions.

191

patients, 15% of all patients

2 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 337

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

137

patients, 11% of all patients

3 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 323

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

121

patients, 9% of all patients

4 7
FUROSEMIDE 274

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

112

patients, 9% of all patients

5 10
LISINOPRIL 261

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

106

patients, 8% of all patients

6 5
XARELTO 237

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

88

patients, 7% of all patients

7 51
WARFARIN SODIUM 229

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

87

patients, 7% of all patients

8 30
CARVEDILOL 212

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

76

patients, 6% of all patients

9 22
CLOPIDOGREL 212

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

73

patients, 6% of all patients

9 16
SIMVASTATIN 183

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

69

patients, 5% of all patients

11 12
DIGOXIN 124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

52

patients, 4% of all patients

12 97
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

13 24
ELIQUIS 104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

14 46
SOTALOL 102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

15 80
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

16 18
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

17 78
ZETIA 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

17 142
RAMIPRIL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

19 116
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

20 52
PRADAXA 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

20 94
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

22 118
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

23 103
ATENOLOL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

23 68
CRESTOR 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

25 53
TOPROL XL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

26 191
VALSARTAN 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

26 75
SPIRONOLACTONE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

28 101
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 April 28, 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.