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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,217Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 298 out of 1427 providers in this state and specialty

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 60 out of 1427 providers in this state and specialty

446 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

10% 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 Maryland
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

11% of this provider’s 446 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Opioids

11% of this provider’s 446 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 14%.

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Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$163 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $94 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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

$999K

2014

$1.04M

2015

$1.02M

2016

Number of Claims

6,230

2014

6,257

2015

6,217

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 469

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

429

prescriptions.

140

patients, 31% of all patients

1 1
CRESTOR 238

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

102

patients, 23% of all patients

2 48
LISINOPRIL 211

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

59

patients, 13% of all patients

3 3
IRBESARTAN 200

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

62

patients, 14% of all patients

4 85
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 160

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

5 4
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

79

patients, 18% of all patients

6 105
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

47

patients, 11% of all patients

7 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

7 13
FUROSEMIDE 121

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

9 5
CARVEDILOL 113

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

10 27
METFORMIN HCL 110

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

11 7
SIMVASTATIN 100

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

12 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

13 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

14 10
GABAPENTIN 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

15 15
ZETIA 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

16 93
SYNTHROID 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

17 64
VALSARTAN 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

18 58
OMEPRAZOLE 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

19 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

19 12
TRAMADOL HCL 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

O 21 18
OXYCODONE HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

O 22 30
RAMIPRIL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

23 112
SERTRALINE HCL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

24 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

24 14
ALPRAZOLAM 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

26 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

27 21
METFORMIN HCL ER 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

27 54
TRAZODONE HCL 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

29 25
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

29 74
BENICAR 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

31 141
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

32 122
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

32 8
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 April 7, 2016.
  • 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.