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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,465Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 48

$399K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 48

333 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82% Patients 65 Years and Older

63% 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 Washington
lower than average

Antipsychotics

5% of this provider’s 274 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Antibiotics

18% of this provider’s 333 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 274 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

22% of this provider’s 333 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 20%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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

$595K

2012

$529K

2013

$556K

2014

$399K

2015

Number of Claims

10,987

2012

10,951

2013

10,229

2014

7,465

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
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

356

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

1 7
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

306

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

52

patients, 16% of all patients

2 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

291

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

51

patients, 15% of all patients

3 5
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

268

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

62

patients, 19% of all patients

4 2
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

210

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

35

patients, 11% of all patients

5 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

56

patients, 17% of all patients

6 6
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

165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

39

patients, 12% of all patients

7 4
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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

8 13
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

151

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

9 3
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

10 50
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

129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

34

patients, 10% of all patients

11 21
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

128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

12 11
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

121

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

28

patients, 8% of all patients

13 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

14 10
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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

15 15
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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

16 79
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

17 28
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

O 18 26
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

<11 P 19 23
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

20 12
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

21 16
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 22 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

23 31
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

24 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

O 25 14
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

25 18
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 27 36
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

28 30
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

29 32
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 29 67
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 31 52
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 O 32 85
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 33 27
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

34 20
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

35 40
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. 29, 2010.
  • 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.