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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,919Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 133 out of 1117

$827K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 104 out of 1117

460 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83% Patients 65 Years and Older

51% 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 Oklahoma
lower than average

Antipsychotics

7% of this provider’s 381 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Antibiotics

31% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 32%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

28% of this provider’s 381 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 16%.

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Opioids

26% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 26%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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

$801K

2012

$809K

2013

$820K

2014

$827K

2015

Number of Claims

13,021

2012

13,672

2013

13,857

2014

11,919

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
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

465

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

422

prescriptions.

108

patients, 23% of all patients

1 1
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

390

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

317

prescriptions.

81

patients, 18% of all patients

2 4
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

352

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

82

patients, 18% of all patients

3 8
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

289

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

230

prescriptions.

73

patients, 16% of all patients

4 3
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

282

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

76

patients, 17% of all patients

5 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

254

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

68

patients, 15% of all patients

6 11
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

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

229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

55

patients, 12% of all patients

7 36
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

103

patients, 22% of all patients

8 42
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

205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

45

patients, 10% of all patients

8 5
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

200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

53

patients, 12% of all patients

10 17
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

52

patients, 11% of all patients

O 11 15
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

12 19
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

180

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

13 9
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

14 53
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

15 21
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

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

16 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

57

patients, 12% of all patients

17 23
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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

R 18 31
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

19 16
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

47

patients, 10% of all patients

O 20 98
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

21 10
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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

22 12
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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

P 22 63
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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

24 28
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

25 84
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

26 14
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

27 29
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

28 32
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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

29 26
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

O 30 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

31 7
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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

32 76
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

33 50
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

34 20
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

34 153
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

O 34 71
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

37 131
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

37 27
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

39 25
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

40 64
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

41 44
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

42 43
INVOKANA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

43 181
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

44 56
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 45 59
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 45 105
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 47 115
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

47 51
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

Treating infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

A 49 87
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

50 81
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

50 13
SUCRALFATE

Treats ulcers and other sto... +

Treats ulcers and other stomach problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

52 125
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

52 227
MEGESTROL ACETATE

Megestrol tablets treat bre... +

Megestrol tablets treat breast and uterine cancer. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

R 54 167
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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

55 52
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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

55 39
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

A 57 47
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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

58 33
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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

58 22
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

58 72
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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

61 74
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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 62 18
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

62 127
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

64 34
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

65 90
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

Treats certain heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 R 66 100
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 Feb. 14, 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.