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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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13,958Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 124 out of 810

$828K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 169 out of 810

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

31% 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 Indiana
lower than average

Antipsychotics

5% of this provider’s 509 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

25% of this provider’s 544 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 28%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

14% of this provider’s 509 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

22% of this provider’s 544 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $82 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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

$639K

2012

$858K

2013

$972K

2014

$828K

2015

Number of Claims

10,198

2012

12,505

2013

14,187

2014

13,958

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

601

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

581

prescriptions.

107

patients, 20% of all patients

1 1
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

526

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

487

prescriptions.

104

patients, 19% of all patients

2 3
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

457

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

387

prescriptions.

73

patients, 13% of all patients

3 6
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

439

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

428

prescriptions.

88

patients, 16% of all patients

4 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

380

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

352

prescriptions.

77

patients, 14% of all patients

5 2
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

296

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

58

patients, 11% of all patients

6 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

291

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

60

patients, 11% of all patients

O 7 7
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

287

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

274

prescriptions.

49

patients, 9% of all patients

8 11
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

286

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

67

patients, 12% of all patients

9 5
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

267

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

262

prescriptions.

64

patients, 12% of all patients

10 4
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

241

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

50

patients, 9% of all patients

11 9
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

12 10
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

226

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

13 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

14 14
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

O 15 22
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

195

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

16 16
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

17 33
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

18 25
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

182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

R 19 42
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

178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

20 29
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

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

21 19
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

169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

22 13
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

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

23 15
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

66

patients, 12% of all patients

24 37
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

25 48
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

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

26 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

53

patients, 10% of all patients

27 35
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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

28 30
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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

28 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

30 45
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

31 20
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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

32 58
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

32 76
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

34 17
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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

35 18
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

36 40
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

37 34
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

38 23
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

38 28
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

P 40 75
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

41 31
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

42 43
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

43 65
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

44 26
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

45 38
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

46 52
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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

47 39
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

48 100
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

A 49 62
KLOR-CON M20

Potassium is essential for ... +

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

49 63
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 51 83
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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

52 101
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

52 153
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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

52 89
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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

55 57
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

O 56 49
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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

56 93
XARELTO

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 56 86
CARTIA XT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 56 183
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 60 108
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 60 82
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 62 36
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 62 79
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 62 132
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 17, 2016.
  • 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.