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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Urology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,439Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 204

$1.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 204

1,704 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

26% 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

0% of this provider’s 1,499 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

46% of this provider’s 1,704 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 43%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

14% of this provider’s 1,499 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 11%.

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Opioids

17% of this provider’s 1,704 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$94 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $95 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

$1.05M

2012

$1.23M

2013

$1.11M

2014

$1.08M

2015

Number of Claims

12,506

2012

13,164

2013

12,384

2014

11,439

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
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

1,919

prescriptions, 17% of all prescriptions

1,748

prescriptions.

479

patients, 28% of all patients

1 1
FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,837

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

1,679

prescriptions.

421

patients, 25% of all patients

10 2 2
ALFUZOSIN HCL ER

Alfuzosin is used in men to... +

Alfuzosin is used in men to treat 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

858

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

768

prescriptions.

177

patients, 10% of all patients

10 3 10
AVODART

Treats problems with urinat... +

Treats problems with urination caused by an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Source: National Library of Medicine

707

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

686

prescriptions.

152

patients, 9% of all patients

4 12
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

654

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

590

prescriptions.

478

patients, 28% of all patients

A 5 3
POTASSIUM CITRATE ER

Potassium citrate is used t... +

Potassium citrate is used to treat a kidney stone condition called renal tubular acidosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

457

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

418

prescriptions.

99

patients, 6% of all patients

10 6 23
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE

Methenamine, an antibiotic,... +

Methenamine, an antibiotic, eliminates bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

447

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

384

prescriptions.

98

patients, 6% of all patients

10 7 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

379

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

269

patients, 16% of all patients

O 8 8
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO

Nitrofurantoinis used to tr... +

Nitrofurantoinis used to treat urinary tract infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

341

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

292

prescriptions.

194

patients, 11% of all patients

A R 9 9
TOVIAZ

Used to treat symptoms of a... +

Used to treat symptoms of an overactive bladder, such as incontinence (loss of bladder control) or a frequent need to urinate. Source: National Library of Medicine

331

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

96

patients, 6% of all patients

10 10 21
RAPAFLO

Treats problems caused by a... +

Treats problems caused by an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). Source: National Library of Medicine

304

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

274

prescriptions.

73

patients, 4% of all patients

11 11
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

175

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

12 41
MYRBETRIQ

Used to treat overactive bl... +

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

173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

57

patients, 3% of all patients

13 4
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

163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

42

patients, 2% of all patients

14 6
LIDOCAINE HCL*

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

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

144

patients, 8% of all patients

15 42
JALYN 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

16 36
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

103

patients, 6% of all patients

A 17 7
TRIMETHOPRIM

Treats urinary tract infect... +

Treats urinary tract infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

89

patients, 5% of all patients

A 17 20
INDAPAMIDE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

19 48
ESTRACE

Estrogens are female hormones. +

Estrogens are female hormones. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

57

patients, 3% of all patients

R 20 24
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

Treats low testosterone levels when your body does not produce enough natural testosterone. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

35

patients, 2% of all patients

21 32
TESTOSTERONE 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

25

patients, 1% of all patients

10 22 53
BICALUTAMIDE

Used together with other me... +

Used together with other medicines (such as a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone or LHRH analog) to treat prostate cancer. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

23 17
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

66

patients, 4% of all patients

A 24 18
PREMARIN

Estrogens are female hormon... +

Estrogens are female hormones. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

62

patients, 4% of all patients

R 25 38
DUTASTERIDE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

57

patients, 3% of all patients

10 26 44
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

62

patients, 4% of all patients

R 27 54
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

54

patients, 3% of all patients

28 37
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

62

patients, 4% of all patients

A 29 27
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE

Bethanechol is used to reli... +

Bethanechol is used to relieve difficulties in urinating caused by surgery, drugs, or other factors. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

30 28
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

31 33
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE

Used to treat symptoms of l... +

Used to treat symptoms of low testosterone in men who do not produce enough natural testosterone. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

32 49
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

49

patients, 3% of all patients

A 32 28
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

34 5
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

O 35 15
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 March 9, 2012.
  • 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.