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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,320Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 1427 providers in this state and specialty

$1.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 1427 providers in this state and specialty

614 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

77% 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 Maryland
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

23% of this provider’s 614 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Opioids

9% of this provider’s 614 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 14%.

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Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$89 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $94 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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

$1.33M

2014

$1.29M

2015

$1.28M

2016

Number of Claims

13,059

2014

13,401

2015

14,320

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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 751

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

730

prescriptions.

133

patients, 22% of all patients

1 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 505

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

470

prescriptions.

91

patients, 15% of all patients

2 12
METFORMIN HCL 448

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

421

prescriptions.

74

patients, 12% of all patients

3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 377

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

361

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

4 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 348

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

343

prescriptions.

60

patients, 10% of all patients

5 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 338

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

326

prescriptions.

69

patients, 11% of all patients

6 1
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 327

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

322

prescriptions.

49

patients, 8% of all patients

7 49
NEXIUM 315

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

315

prescriptions.

47

patients, 8% of all patients

8 110
TAMSULOSIN HCL 294

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

58

patients, 9% of all patients

9 21
LISINOPRIL 285

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

53

patients, 9% of all patients

10 3
MELOXICAM 278

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

11 46
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 268

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

12 4
GLIMEPIRIDE 263

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

13 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

14 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

14 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 225

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

16 11
CELECOXIB 216

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

17 102
RANITIDINE HCL 209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

18 28
CLOPIDOGREL 204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

19 22
FUROSEMIDE 200

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

20 5
NAMENDA XR 197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

21 71
SIMVASTATIN 186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

22 6
GLIPIZIDE 179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

23 38
AMITIZA 171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

24 151
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

25 74
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

26 20
CRESTOR 156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

27 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

28 37
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

29 122
ALPRAZOLAM 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

30 23
ATENOLOL 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

31 16
LIDOCAINE 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

32 147
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

33 10
VOLTAREN 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

34 137
DEXILANT 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

35 176
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

36 36
LIDODERM 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

10 37 347
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

38 139
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

39 47
GABAPENTIN 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

40 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

O 41 42
JANUVIA 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

42 60
WARFARIN SODIUM 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

43 17
VALSARTAN 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

44 58
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 45 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

45 40
SERTRALINE HCL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

47 19
LYRICA 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

48 72
FLUOXETINE HCL 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 49 84
LOVASTATIN 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

50 50
GEMFIBROZIL 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

50 158
RALOXIFENE HCL 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 52 246
PROLIA 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

53 335
TRAZODONE HCL 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

54 25
DULOXETINE HCL 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 54 51
AZITHROMYCIN 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

A 56 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

57 31
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 57 140
MEMANTINE HCL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 59 63
CLONIDINE HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 60 65
TRAMADOL HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

O 61 18
VERAPAMIL ER 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 62 165
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

A 62 77
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 Sept. 28, 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.