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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,213Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 898 out of 3936

$697K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 887 out of 3936

281 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older

55% 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

4% of this provider’s 257 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

32% of this provider’s 281 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 28%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

12% of this provider’s 257 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 281 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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

$1.03M

2012

$1M

2013

$824K

2014

$697K

2015

Number of Claims

13,883

2012

15,236

2013

13,219

2014

11,213

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
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

375

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

351

prescriptions.

68

patients, 24% of all patients

1 12
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

348

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

343

prescriptions.

51

patients, 18% of all patients

2 2
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

348

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

57

patients, 20% of all patients

2 6
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

327

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

55

patients, 20% of all patients

4 20
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

272

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

261

prescriptions.

38

patients, 14% of all patients

5 8
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

265

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

38

patients, 14% of all patients

6 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

257

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

42

patients, 15% of all patients

7 4
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

249

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

40

patients, 14% of all patients

8 5
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

227

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

32

patients, 11% of all patients

9 27
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

223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

32

patients, 11% of all patients

10 7
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

31

patients, 11% of all patients

11 11
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

199

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

29

patients, 10% of all patients

12 76
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

31

patients, 11% of all patients

13 31
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

27

patients, 10% of all patients

14 22
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

22

patients, 8% of all patients

15 141
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

16 25
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

175

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

32

patients, 11% of all patients

17 79
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

174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

30

patients, 11% of all patients

18 35
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

19 47
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

45

patients, 16% of all patients

20 26
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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

21

patients, 7% of all patients

21 10
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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

22 45
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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

23 30
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

24 3
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

25 88
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

26 38
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

27 16
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

28

patients, 10% of all patients

O 28 19
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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

29 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin 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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

30 24
DICYCLOMINE HCL

Dicyclomine is used to trea... +

Dicyclomine is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

31 149
BENICAR HCT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

32 199
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

33 29
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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

34 1
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

35 51
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

36 108
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

36 75
DICLOFENAC SODIUM ER 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

22

patients, 8% of all patients

38 315
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

<11 39 32
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

40 36
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

<11 41 13
TRIBENZOR 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

<11 41 419
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN

Treats type 2 diabetes. +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 43 180
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

44 41
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

R 45 34
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

45 9
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

47 70
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

48 18
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

49 99
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

49 173
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used 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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 51 111
FOLIC ACID 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 52 102
RISEDRONATE SODIUM 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 53 400
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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 54 203
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 55 43
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 56 58
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

57 65
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 57 78
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 2, 2011.
  • 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.