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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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7,639Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 753

$5.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 753

1,635 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75% Patients 65 Years and Older

41% 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

0% of this provider’s 1,232 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

18% of this provider’s 1,635 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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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.

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Opioids

3% of this provider’s 1,635 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$711 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $588 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

5 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

$468K

2012

$615K

2013

$1.89M

2014

$5.43M

2015

Number of Claims

3,838

2012

5,017

2013

6,443

2014

7,639

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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O

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
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

1,412

prescriptions, 18% of all prescriptions

1,077

prescriptions.

349

patients, 21% of all patients

1 2
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

716

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

483

prescriptions.

199

patients, 12% of all patients

2 5
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

692

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

475

prescriptions.

170

patients, 10% of all patients

A 3 41
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

616

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

450

prescriptions.

164

patients, 10% of all patients

4 1
WELCHOL

Used together with diet and... +

Used together with diet and exercise to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and to treat type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

307

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

261

prescriptions.

95

patients, 6% of all patients

10 5 28
PEG 3350-ELECTROLYTE* 301

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

290

patients, 18% of all patients

6 8
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

284

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

54

patients, 3% of all patients

7 6
GAVILYTE-N

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

240

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

232

patients, 14% of all patients

8 14
DICYCLOMINE HCL

Dicyclomine is used to trea... +

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

200

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

85

patients, 5% of all patients

9 4
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

186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

48

patients, 3% of all patients

10 7
HARVONI 136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

41

patients, 3% of all patients

11 25
SUCRALFATE

Treats ulcers and other sto... +

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

127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

49

patients, 3% of all patients

12 10
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

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

13 12
SUPREP

Used to cleanse of the colo... +

Used to cleanse of the colon in preparation for colonoscopy. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

122

patients, 7% of all patients

13 3
MOVIPREP 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

105

patients, 6% of all patients

15 13
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

16 51
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

17 65
CREON

Helps patients who have cys... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

24

patients, 1% of all patients

18 46
LANSOPRAZOLE

Treats stomach ulcers, gast... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

24

patients, 1% of all patients

19 23
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

20 26
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

20 62
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

Prevents your body from rejecting a kidney transplant. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

22 77
METRONIDAZOLE*

Used to treat serious bacte... +

Used to treat serious bacterial infections in different areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

52

patients, 3% of all patients

A 23 21
ONDANSETRON HCL*

Ondansetron is used to prev... +

Ondansetron is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

23 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

23 9
URSODIOL

Dissolves certain kinds of ... +

Dissolves certain kinds of gallstones in the body when they cannot be removed by surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 26 40
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

A 27 48
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE

Treats diarrhea. +

Treats diarrhea. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

28 37
LIALDA 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

29 33
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

30 18
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 4, 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.