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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,719Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 115 out of 1053

$455K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 90 out of 1053

398 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53% Patients 65 Years and Older

95% 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 Massachusetts
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

8% of this provider’s 398 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 212 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 11%.

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Opioids

21% of this provider’s 398 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 14%.

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Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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

$232K

2012

$266K

2013

$392K

2014

$455K

2015

Number of Claims

4,668

2012

5,262

2013

6,655

2014

6,719

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
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

444

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

75

patients, 19% 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

429

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

77

patients, 19% of all patients

2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

328

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

56

patients, 14% of all patients

3 5
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

300

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

45

patients, 11% of all patients

4 7
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

221

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

5 6
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

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

6 16
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

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

7 43
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

144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

8 8
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

9 3
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

10 23
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

119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

11 4
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

117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

12 48
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine 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), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

114

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

13 39
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

111

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

O 14 24
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

110

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

15 11
ALCOHOL PREP PADS

Prep pads +

Prep pads. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

16 149
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

109

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

39

patients, 10% of all patients

16 20
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

104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

18 14
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

O 19 22
GLIPIZIDE XL

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

20 176
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

21 52
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

22 34
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

22 12
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

24 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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

25 60
FLOVENT HFA

Prevents asthma attacks. Th... +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

26 120
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

27 10
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

28 51
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

29 15
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

30 47
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

31 40
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

31 84
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 33 30
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

Morphine (extended release) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

O 34 66
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 35 38
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

36 9
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

O 37 26
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.