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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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9,845Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 268 out of 691

$2.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 691

751 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68% Patients 65 Years and Older

41% 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 Kentucky
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 514 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

2% of this provider’s 751 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 31%.

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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

43% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$204 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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

$1.13M

2012

$1.34M

2013

$1.73M

2014

$2.01M

2015

Number of Claims

7,079

2012

8,148

2013

9,446

2014

9,845

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
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

731

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

505

prescriptions.

139

patients, 19% of all patients

1 1
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

614

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

418

prescriptions.

136

patients, 18% of all patients

2 61
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

491

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

102

patients, 14% of all patients

3 4
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

441

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

141

patients, 19% of all patients

4 134
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

403

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

87

patients, 12% of all patients

5 44
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

400

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

83

patients, 11% of all patients

6 10
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

365

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

99

patients, 13% of all patients

7 71
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

329

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

67

patients, 9% of all patients

8 47
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

280

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

9 115
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

279

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

71

patients, 9% of all patients

10 111
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

Treats hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland). Source: National Library of Medicine

272

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

11 278
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

219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

12 14
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

211

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

69

patients, 9% of all patients

13 196
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

203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

14 156
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

15 153
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

187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

16 57
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

17 8
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

177

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

18 3
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

19 9
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

20 2
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

21 79
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

22 58
INVOKANA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

23 178
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

67

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

24 94
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

25 242
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

26 177
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN

This is used by people with... +

This is used by people with diabetes to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

27 274
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

28 241
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

29 30
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

30 7
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 KWIKPEN

This is used by people with... +

This is used by people with diabetes to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

31 339
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

32 247
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

33 131
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

34 373
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

35 67
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

36 15
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE

Used to treat symptoms of l... +

Used to treat symptoms of low testosterone in men who do not produce enough natural testosterone. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

37 332
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

38 438
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

39 98
HUMULIN R U-500 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

40 380
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

41 38
NOVOLIN 70-30

Insulin injection is used t... +

Insulin injection is used to control blood sugar in people who have type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not make insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or in people who have type 2 diabetes (condition in which the blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally) that cannot be controlled with oral medications alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

42 207
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

43 21
LEVEMIR

Helps control blood sugar l... +

Helps control blood sugar levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

43 141
HYDROCORTISONE

Hydrocortisone provides rel... +

Hydrocortisone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 45 294
BYDUREON PEN 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

46 460
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

47 171
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

47 145
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 23, 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.