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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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13,762Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 98 out of 679

$1.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 679

673 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99% * Patients 65 Years and Older

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
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 South Carolina
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

38% of this provider’s 673 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 26%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

18% of this provider’s 673 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$95 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $76 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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

$1.05M

2012

$1.21M

2013

$1.29M

2014

$1.31M

2015

Number of Claims

10,484

2012

12,381

2013

13,530

2014

13,762

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

946

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

941

prescriptions.

198

patients, 29% of all patients

1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

756

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

745

prescriptions.

211

patients, 31% of all patients

2 3
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

607

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

602

prescriptions.

178

patients, 26% of all patients

3 5
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

583

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

583

prescriptions.

138

patients, 21% of all patients

4 1
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

490

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

490

prescriptions.

137

patients, 20% of all patients

5 11
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

456

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

456

prescriptions.

119

patients, 18% of all patients

6 8
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

387

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

387

prescriptions.

111

patients, 16% of all patients

7 20
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

303

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

77

patients, 11% of all patients

8 15
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

266

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

261

prescriptions.

105

patients, 16% of all patients

9 29
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

246

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

10 33
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

212

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

80

patients, 12% of all patients

R 11 23
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

50

patients, 7% of all patients

12 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

77

patients, 11% of all patients

13 24
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

14 4
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

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

15 52
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

59

patients, 9% of all patients

16 9
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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

17 25
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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

18 10
CALCITONIN-SALMON

Calcitonin salmon is used t... +

Calcitonin salmon is used to treat osteoporosis in women who are at least 5 years past menopause and cannot or do not want to take estrogen products. Source: National Library of Medicine

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

19 226
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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

20 38
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

20 91
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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

22 44
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

23 6
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

115

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

24 16
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

99

patients, 15% of all patients

A 25 68
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

26 12
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

96

patients, 14% of all patients

A 27 53
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

28 49
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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

29 71
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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

30 13
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

31 34
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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

89

patients, 13% of all patients

32 99
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN

Treats short-term, medium t... +

Treats short-term, medium to medium-severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

O 33 132
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

34 113
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

35 31
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

35 88
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

37 48
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

38 122
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

O 38 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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

40 14
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

41 30
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

42 51
RALOXIFENE HCL

Raloxifene is used to preve... +

Raloxifene is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (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). Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

43 119
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

43 41
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

45 40
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

46 27
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

47 73
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

48 131
PROPRANOLOL HCL ER

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), certain types of tremor, and hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (a heart muscle disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

49 265
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

49 90
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

51 32
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

O 51 7
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

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

53 186
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

53 28
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

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

55 110
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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

56 82
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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

57 39
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

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

58 64
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

Used with proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

59 153
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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

59 75
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

59 19
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

62 63
WELCHOL

Used together with diet and... +

Used together with diet and exercise to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and to treat type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

63 188
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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

63 43
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

65 57
BENICAR HCT

Used alone or together with... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

66 181
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

66 74
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

68 87
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

68 55
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 Sept. 1, 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.