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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,683Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 66 out of 951

$581K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 126 out of 951

859 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older

23% 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 Washington
lower than average

Antipsychotics

2% of this provider’s 808 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Antibiotics

17% of this provider’s 859 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

12% of this provider’s 808 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

15% of this provider’s 859 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $74 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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

$722K

2012

$637K

2013

$708K

2014

$581K

2015

Number of Claims

14,117

2012

13,472

2013

13,348

2014

11,683

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

707

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

690

prescriptions.

186

patients, 22% of all patients

1 1
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

495

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

455

prescriptions.

129

patients, 15% of all patients

2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

485

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

469

prescriptions.

142

patients, 17% of all patients

3 3
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

405

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

405

prescriptions.

109

patients, 13% of all patients

4 5
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

384

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

369

prescriptions.

107

patients, 12% of all patients

5 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

307

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

287

prescriptions.

90

patients, 10% of all patients

O 6 10
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

69

patients, 8% of all patients

7 7
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

8 17
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

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

9 9
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

219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

63

patients, 7% of all patients

10 8
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

208

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

55

patients, 6% of all patients

11 11
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

208

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

61

patients, 7% of all patients

11 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

78

patients, 9% of all patients

13 23
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

13 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

15 15
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

189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

54

patients, 6% of all patients

16 22
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

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

17 16
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

18 6
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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

51

patients, 6% of all patients

19 33
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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

52

patients, 6% of all patients

19 20
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

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

21 14
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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

22 13
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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

R 23 36
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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

24 39
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

25 62
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

26 18
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

26 27
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

26 38
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

29 146
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

30 37
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

30 35
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

32 44
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

33 54
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

34 99
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

P 35 46
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.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

36 34
GLIPIZIDE ER

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

37 128
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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

37 30
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

39 57
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

40 29
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

40 40
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

O 42 24
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

43 41
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

44 25
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

O 45 26
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

45 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

47 55
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

48 63
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

49 47
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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 O 50 70
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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

51 43
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

52 32
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 O 52 116
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

A 54 74
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 54 45
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.