The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D
At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015
Self-Reported Primary Specialty
Rank: 110 out of 166
Rank: 73 out of 166
How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?
in Massachusetts lower than average
0% of this provider’s 157 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.
This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.
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.
9% of this provider’s 202 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.
Brand Name Drugs *
37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%. This is far more than peers.
* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
$509 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $297 among peers.
Prescriptions per Patient
5 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.
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
Number of Claims
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.
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.
An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.
A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.
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||
|Patients Receiving this Drug||Category||For this Prescriber||For this Prescriber's Peers|
Treats several kinds of can... +
Treats several kinds of cancer, including cancer of the blood, bone, lung, breast, head, or neck. Source: National Library of Medicine
prescriptions, 23% of all prescriptions
patients, 24% of all patients
Treats inflammation (swelli... +
Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine
prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions
patients, 43% of all patients
Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +
Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of drugs called antimalarials. Source: National Library of Medicine
prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions
patients, 20% of all patients
Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +
Treats rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine
prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions
patients, 5% of all patients
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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- 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 10, 2011.
- 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.