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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,196Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 43 out of 314

$522K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 67 out of 314

394 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older

1% 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 Puerto Rico
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

17% of this provider’s 394 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

6% of this provider’s 339 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

5% of this provider’s 394 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 11%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $74 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$592K

2012

$560K

2013

$540K

2014

$522K

2015

Number of Claims

15,243

2012

15,025

2013

15,261

2014

14,196

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
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

775

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

734

prescriptions.

98

patients, 25% of all patients

1 7
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

736

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

690

prescriptions.

95

patients, 24% of all patients

2 11
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

724

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

631

prescriptions.

114

patients, 29% of all patients

3 34
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

645

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

560

prescriptions.

102

patients, 26% of all patients

4 2
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

607

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

547

prescriptions.

127

patients, 32% of all patients

5 10
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

587

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

552

prescriptions.

82

patients, 21% of all patients

6 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

457

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

409

prescriptions.

83

patients, 21% of all patients

7 5
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

421

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

375

prescriptions.

58

patients, 15% of all patients

8 3
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

401

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

327

prescriptions.

59

patients, 15% of all patients

9 4
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

375

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

54

patients, 14% of all patients

10 19
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

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

367

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

345

prescriptions.

49

patients, 12% of all patients

11 31
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

360

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

329

prescriptions.

51

patients, 13% of all patients

12 1
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

317

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

48

patients, 12% of all patients

13 20
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

276

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

261

prescriptions.

42

patients, 11% of all patients

14 15
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

266

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

36

patients, 9% of all patients

15 14
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

16 17
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

219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

41

patients, 10% of all patients

17 36
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

205

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

18 16
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

202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

59

patients, 15% of all patients

19 9
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

182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

20 28
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

169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

21 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

22 13
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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

37

patients, 9% of all patients

23 25
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM

Diclofenac is a nonsteroida... +

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat mild-to-moderate pain, and helps to relieve symptoms of arthritis (eg, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

47

patients, 12% of all patients

24 30
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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

25 40
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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

26 21
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

27 27
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

28 57
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) 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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

28 33
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

30 12
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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

31 102
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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

32 82
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

33 46
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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

34 26
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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

35 71
RALOXIFENE HCL

Raloxifene is used to preve... +

Raloxifene is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (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). Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

36 75
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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

36 155
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

38 35
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

39 113
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

40 58
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

41 8
IRBESARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

42 73
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

43 107
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

Verapamil is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 44 62
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

45 42
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 45 59
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 47 47
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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 48 88
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 49 39
HUMULIN N

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

50 68
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

50 85
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 52 162
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 53 106
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 May 8, 2010.
  • 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.