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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,319Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2823 out of 3936

$24.6K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3848 out of 3936

2,049 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

61% 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 Florida
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

51% of this provider’s 2,049 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 28%.

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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

13% of this provider’s 2,049 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

5% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%. This is far fewer than peers.

Prescription Price

$7 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

2 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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

2012

2013

$6,049

2014

$24.6K

2015

Number of Claims

2012

2013

711

2014

3,319

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
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

560

prescriptions, 17% of all prescriptions

532

prescriptions.

529

patients, 26% of all patients

A 1 42
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

227

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

213

patients, 10% of all patients

2 54
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

176

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

169

patients, 8% of all patients

A 3 49
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

162

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

118

patients, 6% of all patients

4 26
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN

Treats short-term, medium t... +

Treats short-term, medium to medium-severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

159

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

152

patients, 7% of all patients

O 5 155
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

129

patients, 6% of all patients

A 6 101
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

123

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

119

patients, 6% of all patients

A 7 103
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

118

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

112

patients, 5% of all patients

O 8 19
LIDOCAINE HCL VISCOUS

Lidocaine viscous, a local ... +

Lidocaine viscous, a local anesthetic, is used to treat the pain of a sore or irritated mouth and throat often associated with cancer chemotherapy and certain medical procedures. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

103

patients, 5% of all patients

9 582
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

85

patients, 4% of all patients

10 59
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

93

patients, 5% of all patients

A 11 104
ACETIC ACID 94

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

92

patients, 4% of all patients

12 508
BENZONATATE 79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

73

patients, 4% of all patients

13 276
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

76

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

75

patients, 4% of all patients

14 65
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

70

patients, 3% of all patients

15 44
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

65

patients, 3% of all patients

A 16 63
LOPERAMIDE

Treats diarrhea and decreas... +

Treats diarrhea and decreases the amount of drainage in patients who have ostomies. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

58

patients, 3% of all patients

17 252
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-HYDROCORT

The combination of hydrocor... +

The combination of hydrocortisone, neomycin, and polymyxin eliminates bacteria that cause ear, eye, and skin infections and relieves pain, inflammation, redness, and itching. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

54

patients, 3% of all patients

18 390
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 Sept. 15, 2014.
  • 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.