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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,436Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 403 out of 794

$1.39M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 65 out of 794

599 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

13% 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 Alabama
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 526 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

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

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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

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

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Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$165 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $73 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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

$675K

2012

$1.05M

2013

$1.27M

2014

$1.39M

2015

Number of Claims

4,978

2012

7,478

2013

7,881

2014

8,436

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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O

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
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

1,130

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

971

prescriptions.

326

patients, 54% of all patients

10 1 73
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

948

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

820

prescriptions.

256

patients, 43% of all patients

2 40
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

699

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

609

prescriptions.

195

patients, 33% of all patients

3 9
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

640

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

531

prescriptions.

163

patients, 27% of all patients

4 75
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

463

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

418

prescriptions.

147

patients, 25% of all patients

5 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

458

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

434

prescriptions.

115

patients, 19% of all patients

6 3
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

414

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

360

prescriptions.

122

patients, 20% of all patients

7 103
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

299

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

93

patients, 16% of all patients

8 17
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

298

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

84

patients, 14% of all patients

9 12
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

270

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

84

patients, 14% of all patients

10 140
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

256

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

62

patients, 10% of all patients

11 11
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

250

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

71

patients, 12% of all patients

12 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

192

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

13 2
VASCEPA 190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

53

patients, 9% of all patients

14 360
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

144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

15 45
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

16 61
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

17 179
VICTOZA 3-PAK

Used to treat a type of dia... +

Used to treat a type of diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) called type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

18 213
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

19 222
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

20 71
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

21 257
VICTOZA 2-PAK

Used with a diet and exerci... +

Used with a diet and exercise program to control blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

22 409
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

23 74
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 April 10, 2012.
  • 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.