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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,675Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 406

$276K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 406

498 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older

56% 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 Georgia
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

30% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 25%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

14% of this provider’s 389 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

10% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 9%.

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Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$32 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $168 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 6.


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

$269K

2012

$348K

2013

$344K

2014

$276K

2015

Number of Claims

6,804

2012

8,500

2013

8,767

2014

8,675

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
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

341

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

57

patients, 11% of all patients

1 1
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

317

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

2 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

307

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

3 4
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

297

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

4 5
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

291

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

59

patients, 12% of all patients

5 11
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

243

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

6 2
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

217

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

7 10
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

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

8 7
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

9 3
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

180

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

10 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

11 8
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

12 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

162

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

13 21
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

155

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

14 36
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

15 37
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

136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

16 50
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

17 33
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

132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

18 30
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

19 28
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

O 20 13
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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

21 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

22 19
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

23 59
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

23 72
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

25 97
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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

26 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

26 25
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

28 16
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

29 34
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

30 27
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

30 20
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

65

patients, 13% of all patients

A 32 40
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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

33 206
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

34 29
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

35 18
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

36 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

37 39
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

37 35
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

A 39 32
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

R 40 58
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 41 78
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

R 42 63
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

43 69
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 44 64
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 44 49
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 Dec. 9, 2011.
  • 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.