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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,446Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 58 out of 412

$697K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 109 out of 412

697 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85% Patients 65 Years and Older

26% 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 Oklahoma
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

22% of this provider’s 697 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 589 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 15%.

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Opioids

26% of this provider’s 697 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 23%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $84 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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

$555K

2012

$603K

2013

$637K

2014

$697K

2015

Number of Claims

14,005

2012

14,172

2013

14,319

2014

13,446

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
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

600

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

529

prescriptions.

130

patients, 19% of all patients

1 4
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

578

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

479

prescriptions.

140

patients, 20% of all patients

2 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

573

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

510

prescriptions.

117

patients, 17% of all patients

3 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

524

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

417

prescriptions.

116

patients, 17% of all patients

4 6
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

507

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

431

prescriptions.

95

patients, 14% of all patients

5 1
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

378

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

121

patients, 17% of all patients

6 24
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

377

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

96

patients, 14% of all patients

7 10
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

372

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

310

prescriptions.

87

patients, 12% of all patients

8 15
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

323

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

79

patients, 11% of all patients

9 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

292

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

71

patients, 10% of all patients

10 12
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

289

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

64

patients, 9% of all patients

11 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

281

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

96

patients, 14% of all patients

O 12 3
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

271

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

13 27
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

267

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

58

patients, 8% of all patients

14 20
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

252

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

50

patients, 7% of all patients

15 22
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

234

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

O 16 16
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

17 31
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

227

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

18 9
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

227

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

18 17
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

198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

20 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

21 11
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

186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

22 23
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

181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

23 34
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

24 18
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

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

25 35
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

25 37
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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

27 13
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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

28 36
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

29 26
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

30 95
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

31 70
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

32 21
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

33 52
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

34 44
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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

35 55
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

36 8
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

37 42
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

38 38
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

39 53
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

39 68
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

R 41 83
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

61

patients, 9% of all patients

41 89
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

43 84
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

44 32
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

44 101
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

46 65
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

47 49
METFORMIN HCL ER

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

48 63
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

48 80
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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

50 91
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

A 51 50
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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

52 54
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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 53 87
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

54 59
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 55 28
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 Aug. 4, 2010.
  • 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.