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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,469Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 121 out of 2840

$941K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 158 out of 2840

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

90% 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 New York
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

14% of this provider’s 406 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 25%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 284 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

13% of this provider’s 406 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $74 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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

$731K

2012

$729K

2013

$785K

2014

$941K

2015

Number of Claims

11,480

2012

11,597

2013

11,971

2014

13,469

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
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,131

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

865

prescriptions.

88

patients, 22% of all patients

1 14
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

831

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

688

prescriptions.

112

patients, 28% of all patients

2 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

618

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

492

prescriptions.

80

patients, 20% of all patients

3 1
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

363

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

4 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

360

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

321

prescriptions.

49

patients, 12% of all patients

5 9
EASY TOUCH ALCOHOL PREP PADS 335

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

54

patients, 13% of all patients

10 6 303
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

290

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

7 58
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

279

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

8 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

277

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

39

patients, 10% of all patients

9 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

257

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

10 10
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

255

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

11 34
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

246

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

12 15
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

243

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

13 8
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

Enalapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

243

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

13 32
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

234

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

15 4
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

16 85
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

222

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

17 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

18 17
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

19 31
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

181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

20 5
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

21 13
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

177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

22 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

23 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

24 11
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

51

patients, 13% of all patients

25 61
SURE COMFORT* 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

26 447
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

27 50
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

28 60
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN

This is used by people with... +

This is used by people with diabetes to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

29 274
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

Used with proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

30 120
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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

31 56
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

32 19
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

33 42
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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

33 33
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

Lowers high triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

<11 35 140
AZELASTINE HCL

Used to treat hay fever and... +

Used to treat hay fever and allergy symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

36 183
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

37 24
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

37 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

39 20
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

39 147
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

41 6
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

41 75
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

43 76
FLOVENT HFA

Prevents asthma attacks. Th... +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

44 205
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 45 39
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

46 96
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 47 91
ALCOHOL PADS 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

48 143
QUINAPRIL HCL

Quinapril is used alone or ... +

Quinapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

49 99
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

50 156
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

51 26
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 52 78
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 53 52
ALCOHOL PREP PADS

Prep pads +

Prep pads. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

54 135
SINGLE USE SWAB

Single-use swabs +

Single-use swabs. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

54 152
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 56 164
GLIPIZIDE ER

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

57 80
AMLODIPINE-VALSARTAN

This combination of medicin... +

This combination of medicines are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 57 285
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 59 81
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

O 60 47
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

61 89
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

R 61 28
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 Aug. 13, 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.