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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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9,194Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 232

$6.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 232

519 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68% Patients 65 Years and Older

64% 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

70% of this provider’s 519 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 61%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

10% of this provider’s 353 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

49% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 39%.

Prescription Price

$655 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $625 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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

$3.78M

2012

$3.2M

2013

$4.14M

2014

$6.02M

2015

Number of Claims

9,316

2012

8,058

2013

9,249

2014

9,194

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

461

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

48

patients, 9% of all patients

1 1
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

423

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

2 3
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

382

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

3 2
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

279

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

4 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

245

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

5 34
VANCOMYCIN HCL*

Treats bacterial infections. +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

216

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

60

patients, 12% of all patients

A 10 6 13
EPZICOM 202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

7 14
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

A 8 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

9 7
VIREAD 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

10 55
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

11 70
CUBICIN 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

A 10 12 120
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

13 38
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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

14 12
KALETRA 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

15 45
SODIUM CHLORIDE* 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

16 66
TIVICAY 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

17 17
REYATAZ 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

18 19
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

19 8
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

20 84
INVANZ 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

A 10 20 129
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

A 22 26
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

23 10
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE

Doxycycline is used to trea... +

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; Lyme disease; acne; infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems; and anthrax (after inhalational exposure). Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

A 24 20
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

R 25 151
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

25 6
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 27 62
LAMIVUDINE-ZIDOVUDINE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 28 80
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

29 5
INTELENCE 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 30 28
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

31 54
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

32 9
EMTRIVA 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 33 115
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 33 15
COMPLERA 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 35 36
TRIUMEQ 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 36 27
MINOCYCLINE HCL

Minocycline is used to trea... +

Minocycline is used to treat bacterial infections including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; acne; and infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

A 37 79
CEFTAZIDIME 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

A 10 37 207
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO

Nitrofurantoinis used to tr... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

A R 39 210
NEVIRAPINE ER 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 39 125
LEXIVA 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 39 121
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

42 61
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 43 63
LAMIVUDINE 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 44 78
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 45 73
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 46 159
STRIBILD 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 47 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 48 24
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

A 48 60
ETHAMBUTOL HCL 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

50 109
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 51 83
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 51 238
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 53 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 53 30
CEFTRIAXONE*

Treats infections caused by... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

A 53 97
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 June 26, 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.