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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,140Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 99 out of 1539

$476K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 117 out of 1539

381 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82% Patients 65 Years and Older

3% 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

12% of this provider’s 312 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 381 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 37%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 312 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

14% of this provider’s 381 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$34 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $37 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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

$266K

2012

$302K

2013

$384K

2014

$476K

2015

Number of Claims

8,372

2012

9,673

2013

12,404

2014

14,140

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
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

851

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

720

prescriptions.

133

patients, 35% of all patients

1 1
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

740

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

550

prescriptions.

117

patients, 31% of all patients

2 4
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

567

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

416

prescriptions.

101

patients, 27% of all patients

3 5
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

567

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

517

prescriptions.

91

patients, 24% of all patients

3 6
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

536

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

438

prescriptions.

86

patients, 23% of all patients

5 7
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

476

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

448

prescriptions.

68

patients, 18% of all patients

6 2
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

456

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

368

prescriptions.

72

patients, 19% of all patients

7 10
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

379

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

336

prescriptions.

67

patients, 18% of all patients

8 31
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

297

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

52

patients, 14% of all patients

9 17
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

281

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

49

patients, 13% of all patients

10 19
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

278

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

49

patients, 13% of all patients

11 3
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

270

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

38

patients, 10% of all patients

12 9
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

268

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

49

patients, 13% of all patients

13 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

53

patients, 14% of all patients

14 8
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

226

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

66

patients, 17% of all patients

15 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

217

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

37

patients, 10% of all patients

16 22
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

17 21
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

195

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

18 16
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

191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

30

patients, 8% of all patients

19 35
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

33

patients, 9% of all patients

20 50
PERMETHRIN

Treats head lice and scabies. +

Treats head lice and scabies. Source: National Library of Medicine

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

43

patients, 11% of all patients

21 189
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

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

22 29
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

30

patients, 8% of all patients

23 32
HUMULIN 70-30

Insulin injection is used t... +

Insulin injection is used to control blood sugar in people who have type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not make insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or in people who have type 2 diabetes (condition in which the blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally) that cannot be controlled with oral medications alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

23 47
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

25 28
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

26 30
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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

26 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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

28 25
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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

29 42
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

30 11
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

P 30 72
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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

32 38
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

33 14
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

34 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

35 12
ONGLYZA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise 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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

36 143
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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

P 37 58
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

37 83
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

39 27
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

39

patients, 10% of all patients

O 40 24
LANSOPRAZOLE

Treats stomach ulcers, gast... +

Treats stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

41 67
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

42 26
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE

Treats and prevents angina ... +

Treats and prevents angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

42 123
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

Digox (digoxin) is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

<11 R 44 157
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

45 52
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

45 70
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

47 202
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE

This combination medication... +

This combination medication is used to treat a variety of inflamed fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

37

patients, 10% of all patients

47 39
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

49 89
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

49 73
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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

51 66
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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

51 40
FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 51 64
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

54

patients, 14% of all patients

A 54 87
SULINDAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, gout, or sore tendons. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

55 61
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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

56 41
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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

57 102
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

58 44
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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

59 164
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED

Phenytoin is used to contro... +

Phenytoin is used to control certain type of seizures, and to treat and prevent seizures that may begin during or after surgery to the brain or nervous system. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 60 138
SURE COMFORT* 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 61 107
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.