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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,816Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 1125

$2.52M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 1125

1,586 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older

49% 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

6% of this provider’s 1,417 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 1,417 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

2% of this provider’s 1,586 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$197 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $188 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$1.24M

2012

$1.38M

2013

$2.1M

2014

$2.52M

2015

Number of Claims

6,417

2012

7,001

2013

9,808

2014

12,816

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
FOLIC ACID 868

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

863

prescriptions.

282

patients, 18% of all patients

10 1 149
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

737

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

658

prescriptions.

228

patients, 14% of all patients

2 5
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

720

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

715

prescriptions.

193

patients, 12% of all patients

3 20
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

The combination of levodopa... +

The combination of levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

517

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

497

prescriptions.

121

patients, 8% of all patients

4 50
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

480

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

436

prescriptions.

135

patients, 9% of all patients

5 16
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

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

474

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

328

prescriptions.

108

patients, 7% of all patients

6 57
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

453

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

435

prescriptions.

193

patients, 12% of all patients

7 73
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA ER

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

433

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

413

prescriptions.

82

patients, 5% of all patients

8 209
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

387

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

363

prescriptions.

132

patients, 8% of all patients

9 46
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

333

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

70

patients, 4% of all patients

10 48
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

Treats or prevents the flu (influenza type A). Source: National Library of Medicine

309

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

68

patients, 4% of all patients

11 293
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

291

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

94

patients, 6% of all patients

12 34
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

283

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

77

patients, 5% of all patients

13 51
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

273

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

268

prescriptions.

98

patients, 6% of all patients

14 124
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

271

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

115

patients, 7% of all patients

R 15 115
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

258

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

77

patients, 5% of all patients

16 23
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

246

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

64

patients, 4% of all patients

P 17 52
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), 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

229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

76

patients, 5% of all patients

18 41
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

225

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

78

patients, 5% of all patients

19 29
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

47

patients, 3% of all patients

20 70
CARBAMAZEPINE ER

Treats certain types of se... +

Treats certain types of seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

21 396
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA-ENTACAPONE 181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

22 305
MEMANTINE HCL

Treats moderate to severe ... +

Treats moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

69

patients, 4% of all patients

23 224
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

56

patients, 4% of all patients

24 8
EXELON

Rivastigmine is used to tre... +

Rivastigmine is used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

41

patients, 3% of all patients

25 139
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL

Trihexyphenidyl is used to ... +

Trihexyphenidyl is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and tremors caused by other medical problems or drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

R 26 289
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

27 202
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

57

patients, 4% of all patients

28 6
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

29 87
ROPINIROLE ER 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

29 448
GALANTAMINE HBR

Galantamine is used to trea... +

Galantamine is used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

31 255
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Pramipexole is used alone o... +

Pramipexole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

32 177
RIVASTIGMINE*

Used to treat mild to moder... +

Used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss and mental changes) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

33 213
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE

Sumatriptan is used to trea... +

Sumatriptan is used to treat the symptoms of migraine headaches (severe, throbbing headaches that sometimes is accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to sound and light). Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

34 326
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

35 111
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

36 156
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

37 71
OXCARBAZEPINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

38 211
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

39 63
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

40 9
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

41 141
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

41 26
GILENYA 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 43 437
PROPRANOLOL HCL ER

Propranolol is used to trea... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

43 366
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

45 121
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 46 348
AMPYRA 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 47 470
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

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

48 96
NEUPRO 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 48 349
TEGRETOL XR 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

50 639
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

50 24
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

52 215
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. 26, 2012.
  • 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.