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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,239Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 322

$544K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 322

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

58% 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 Montana
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

16% of this provider’s 438 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

10% of this provider’s 298 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

25% of this provider’s 438 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 21%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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

$404K

2012

$465K

2013

$506K

2014

$544K

2015

Number of Claims

7,469

2012

8,378

2013

9,075

2014

9,239

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

446

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

281

prescriptions.

74

patients, 17% 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

394

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

62

patients, 14% of all patients

2 4
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

300

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

59

patients, 13% of all patients

3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

293

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

62

patients, 14% of all patients

O 4 5
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

278

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

56

patients, 13% of all patients

5 3
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

264

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

45

patients, 10% of all patients

6 6
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

197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

7 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

8 8
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

9 7
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

183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

10 9
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

O 11 28
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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

12 12
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

12 19
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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

14 13
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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

15 16
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

16 57
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

17 26
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

18 25
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

19 94
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

20 18
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

21 38
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

22 15
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

23 80
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

23 10
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

R 23 37
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

26 72
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

27 17
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

Morphine (extended release) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

O 27 50
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

27 11
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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

30 61
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

<11 31 54
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

31 63
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

33 47
CARISOPRODOL

Treats pain and stiffness o... +

Treats pain and stiffness of muscle spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 R 33 179
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

35 44
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

36 35
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

O 37 42
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

37 27
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

39 43
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 40 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

41 40
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

O 42 45
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 R 43 157
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

44 21
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

45 40
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 46 81
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 46 70
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 46 90
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 49 30
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

49 117
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

51 65
METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to reliev... +

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 O 51 79
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) 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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 51 96
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 54 120
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

54 20
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 16, 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.