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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,464Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 242 providers in this state and specialty

$1.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 242 providers in this state and specialty

514 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75% Patients 65 Years and Older

51% 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 Virginia
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

25% of this provider’s 514 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

9% of this provider’s 514 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$152 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $410 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$804K

2014

$939K

2015

$1.13M

2016

Number of Claims

6,884

2014

7,736

2015

7,464

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
RANITIDINE HCL 1,050

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

706

prescriptions.

219

patients, 43% of all patients

1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 633

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

456

prescriptions.

134

patients, 26% of all patients

2 1
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 572

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

452

prescriptions.

125

patients, 24% of all patients

3 2
MISOPROSTOL 546

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

355

prescriptions.

103

patients, 20% of all patients

10 4 17
APRISO 396

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

85

patients, 17% of all patients

10 5 26
FAMOTIDINE* 389

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

302

prescriptions.

76

patients, 15% of all patients

6 11
SUCRALFATE 270

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

63

patients, 12% of all patients

7 10
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 194

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

111

patients, 22% of all patients

8 14
AMITIZA 163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

9 23
XIFAXAN 146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

A 10 21
METRONIDAZOLE* 144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

53

patients, 10% of all patients

A 11 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

48

patients, 9% of all patients

12 7
DELZICOL 113

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

10 13 61
DEXILANT 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

14 9
NEXIUM 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

15 32
LINZESS 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

16 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

17 45
TRAMADOL HCL 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

O 18 31
ALPRAZOLAM 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

19 55
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

<11 O 20 66
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

21 35
LORAZEPAM 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 22 37
SULFASALAZINE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

23 43
SULFASALAZINE DR 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

24 79
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 Feb. 29, 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.