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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,469Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 429 out of 3836

$597K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 771 out of 3836

556 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
41% Patients 65 Years and Older

91% 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 Pennsylvania
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

23% of this provider’s 556 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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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

19% of this provider’s 556 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$423K

2012

$440K

2013

$526K

2014

$597K

2015

Number of Claims

10,557

2012

11,082

2013

11,880

2014

12,469

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

592

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

111

patients, 20% of all patients

1 6
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

583

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

299

prescriptions.

91

patients, 16% of all patients

2 16
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

553

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

346

prescriptions.

104

patients, 19% of all patients

3 5
QUINAPRIL HCL

Quinapril is used alone or ... +

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

452

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

80

patients, 14% of all patients

10 4 95
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

409

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

70

patients, 13% of all patients

5 8
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

380

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

80

patients, 14% of all patients

6 7
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

359

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

95

patients, 17% of all patients

7 12
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

356

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

60

patients, 11% of all patients

8 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

311

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

52

patients, 9% of all patients

9 10
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

306

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

47

patients, 8% of all patients

10 110
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

288

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

49

patients, 9% of all patients

11 17
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

268

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

12 1
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

13 3
VENTOLIN HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

258

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

86

patients, 15% of all patients

14 57
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

252

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

15 9
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

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

82

patients, 15% of all patients

16 137
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

17 4
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

200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

18 11
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

59

patients, 11% of all patients

O 19 24
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

20 38
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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

21 15
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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

22 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

O 23 19
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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

24 41
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

25 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

26 30
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

27 68
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

28 82
GLIPIZIDE ER

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

29 89
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

30 114
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

31 21
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

31 50
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

33 26
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 34 18
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

35 60
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

36 84
FLOVENT HFA

Prevents asthma attacks. Th... +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

37 235
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

38 81
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

38 35
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

40 106
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

41 59
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

41 42
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

43 14
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

44 20
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

A 45 92
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

45 126
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

47 112
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

48 28
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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

49 51
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 50 25
GLIPIZIDE XL

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

51 124
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

51 149
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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 53 150
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

54 117
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

55 202
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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 56 73
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 56 141
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

56 93
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 59 78
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 60 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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.