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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,493Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 148 out of 350

$622K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 123 out of 350

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

11% 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

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

28% of this provider’s 609 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 31%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 567 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 14%.

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Opioids

5% of this provider’s 609 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 22%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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

$483K

2012

$483K

2013

$559K

2014

$622K

2015

Number of Claims

9,892

2012

8,700

2013

8,750

2014

9,493

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

374

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

353

prescriptions.

108

patients, 18% of all patients

1 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

360

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

340

prescriptions.

97

patients, 16% of all patients

2 37
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

345

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

328

prescriptions.

83

patients, 14% of all patients

3 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

339

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

311

prescriptions.

96

patients, 16% of all patients

4 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

332

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

100

patients, 16% of all patients

5 8
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

290

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

75

patients, 12% of all patients

6 10
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

282

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

262

prescriptions.

82

patients, 13% of all patients

7 6
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

279

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

274

prescriptions.

82

patients, 13% of all patients

8 15
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

206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

58

patients, 10% of all patients

9 1
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

82

patients, 13% of all patients

10 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

61

patients, 10% of all patients

11 27
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

170

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

52

patients, 9% of all patients

12 12
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

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

13 16
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

159

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

48

patients, 8% of all patients

14 4
METFORMIN HCL ER

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

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

15 50
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

84

patients, 14% of all patients

16 48
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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

17 23
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

17 11
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

19 54
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

19 14
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

21 17
KLOR-CON M20

Potassium is essential for ... +

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

21 75
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

23 24
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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

24 35
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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

25 31
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

26 39
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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

27 9
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

27 51
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

29 18
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

78

patients, 13% of all patients

A 30 67
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

31 59
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

32 30
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

33 13
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

34 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

35 38
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

36 52
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

Used to treat hyperuricemia (high uric acid in the blood) in patients with gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

37 246
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

38 21
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

39 25
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN

Treats type 2 diabetes. +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

40 275
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

41 71
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

42 43
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

R 43 36
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

44 33
XARELTO

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 45 113
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 Jan. 7, 2011.
  • 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.