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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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5,193Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 86

$150K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 61 out of 86

310 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70% Patients 65 Years and Older

63% 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 Mississippi
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 217 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

27% of this provider’s 310 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

26 of this provider’s 217 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

27% of this provider’s 310 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 3%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$29 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $355 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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

$153K

2012

$151K

2013

$149K

2014

$150K

2015

Number of Claims

4,231

2012

4,843

2013

4,740

2014

5,193

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
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

707

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

443

prescriptions.

137

patients, 44% of all patients

1 1
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL

Metoclopramide is used to r... +

Metoclopramide is used to relieve heartburn and speed the healing of ulcers and sores in the esophagus (tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) in people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD; condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the esophagus) that did not get better with other treatments. Source: National Library of Medicine

620

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

396

prescriptions.

153

patients, 49% of all patients

10 2 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

367

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

83

patients, 27% of all patients

O 3 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

300

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

113

patients, 36% of all patients

4 6
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

158

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

5 26
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

156

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

6 5
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

27

patients, 9% of all patients

7 13
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

113

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

8 48
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

100

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

9 53
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

47

patients, 15% of all patients

A 10 25
PROPRANOLOL HCL

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), and certain types of tremor. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

11 40
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

88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

12 54
FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

13 55
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

82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

14 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

15 57
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

16 58
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

17 59
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

18 64
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

19 66
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

20 2
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

21 69
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

22 70
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 22 70
DICYCLOMINE HCL

Dicyclomine is used to trea... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

24 4
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

25 75
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 Oct. 20, 2010.
  • 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.