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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,428Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 1946

$767K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 1946

486 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% 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 Minnesota
lower than average

Antipsychotics

21% of this provider’s 447 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

33% of this provider’s 486 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 447 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

23% of this provider’s 486 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 15%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

2012

2013

$123K

2014

$767K

2015

Number of Claims

2012

2013

2,254

2014

17,428

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
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

795

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

763

prescriptions.

111

patients, 23% of all patients

1 7
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

719

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

671

prescriptions.

104

patients, 21% of all patients

2 4
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

645

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

608

prescriptions.

92

patients, 19% of all patients

3 1
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

628

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

607

prescriptions.

85

patients, 17% of all patients

4 3
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

567

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

553

prescriptions.

73

patients, 15% of all patients

5 37
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

547

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

542

prescriptions.

71

patients, 15% of all patients

6 6
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

535

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

510

prescriptions.

91

patients, 19% of all patients

7 14
JANTOVEN

Helps to prevent new blood ... +

Helps to prevent new blood clots from forming, and helps to keep existing blood clots from getting worse. Source: National Library of Medicine

451

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

432

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

8 36
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

447

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

430

prescriptions.

69

patients, 14% of all patients

9 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

403

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

376

prescriptions.

67

patients, 14% of all patients

10 17
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

393

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

393

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

11 13
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

338

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

12 2
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

323

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

323

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

13 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

301

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

255

prescriptions.

52

patients, 11% of all patients

14 5
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

295

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

15 58
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

265

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

64

patients, 13% of all patients

O 16 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

260

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

66

patients, 14% of all patients

17 28
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

256

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

18 72
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

243

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

P 19 52
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

242

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

20 12
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

208

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

21 10
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

191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

22 8
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

185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

23 15
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

179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

24 53
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

25 18
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

26 23
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

169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

26 21
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

28 11
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

P 29 70
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER

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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

30 80
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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

31 22
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

32 120
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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

32 32
KLOR-CON M20

Potassium is essential for ... +

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

34 105
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

35 26
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

36 40
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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

37 30
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

37 29
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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

39 33
LATANOPROST

Latanoprost ophthalmic is u... +

Latanoprost ophthalmic is used to treat glaucoma (a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision) and ocular hypertension (a condition which causes increased pressure in the eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

39 111
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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

41 59
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

Treats psychotic mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

P 42 91
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

43 25
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

43 31
NYSTATIN

Treats fungus infections in... +

Treats fungus infections in the mouth, throat, and intestines. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

52

patients, 11% of all patients

45 98
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

46 115
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

46 43
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

56

patients, 12% of all patients

A 48 123
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

49 84
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

49 60
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

86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

51 62
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

52 54
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

O 53 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

54 27
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

55 35
ONDANSETRON HCL*

Ondansetron is used to prev... +

Ondansetron is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

<11 55 208
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 55 90
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine 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), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

58 46
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

The combination of levodopa... +

The combination of levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

58 78
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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 60 69
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

61 48
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 62 47
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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

62 68
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

A 62 113
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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

65 104
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 66 57
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 67 50
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 June 5, 2014.
  • 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.