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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,002Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 1037

$4.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 1037

1,341 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

94% 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 California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,278 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

9% of this provider’s 1,341 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

4% of this provider’s 1,278 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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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

58% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$401 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $601 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

$1.8M

2012

$2.15M

2013

$4.54M

2014

$4.02M

2015

Number of Claims

8,252

2012

8,682

2013

8,710

2014

10,002

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
DEXILANT

Treats erosive esophagitis,... +

Treats erosive esophagitis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,577

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

1,526

prescriptions.

292

patients, 22% of all patients

10 1 4
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,058

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

996

prescriptions.

277

patients, 21% of all patients

2 6
CREON

Helps patients who have cys... +

Helps patients who have cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis, or digestive disorders digest food. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,029

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

979

prescriptions.

209

patients, 16% of all patients

3 16
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

840

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

835

prescriptions.

173

patients, 13% of all patients

4 7
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

699

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

651

prescriptions.

205

patients, 15% of all patients

5 1
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

676

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

648

prescriptions.

280

patients, 21% of all patients

6 68
LINZESS

Used in adults to treat irr... +

Used in adults to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C; a condition that causes stomach pain or cramps, bloating, and infrequent or difficult passage of stools) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC; difficult or infrequent passage of stools that lasts for 3 months or longer and is not caused by a disease or a medication). Source: National Library of Medicine

551

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

536

prescriptions.

124

patients, 9% of all patients

10 7 15
VIREAD 532

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

498

prescriptions.

74

patients, 6% of all patients

10 8 20
ENTECAVIR 222

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

10 9 35
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

66

patients, 5% of all patients

10 9
AMITIZA

Treats certain types of lon... +

Treats certain types of long-term constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Source: National Library of Medicine

182

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

11 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

40

patients, 3% of all patients

12 2
PROCTOZONE-HC

Hydrocortisone is available... +

Hydrocortisone is available with or without a prescription. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

56

patients, 4% of all patients

13 63
MOVIPREP 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

150

patients, 11% of all patients

14 8
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

15 40
BARACLUDE 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

10 16 42
ZENPEP 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

17 78
SUCRALFATE

Treats ulcers and other sto... +

Treats ulcers and other stomach problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

46

patients, 3% of all patients

18 18
GAVILYTE-G

This is used to cleanse th... +

This is used to cleanse the colon (bowel) before a medical test (eg, colonoscopy). Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

112

patients, 8% of all patients

19 17
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

R 20 206
GAVILYTE-C 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

88

patients, 7% of all patients

21 3
XIFAXAN

Treats traveler's diarrhea ... +

Treats traveler's diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

A 22 46
PEG-3350 AND ELECTROLYTES 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

72

patients, 5% of all patients

23 23
DICYCLOMINE HCL

Dicyclomine is used to trea... +

Dicyclomine is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

24 12
PROCTOSOL-HC

This is used to help reliev... +

This is used to help relieve redness, itching, swelling, or other discomfort caused by skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

25 95
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

46

patients, 3% of all patients

A 26 61
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

27 41
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 April 3, 2014.
  • 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.