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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,834Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 187

$642K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 187

817 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% Patients 65 Years and Older

30% 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 Illinois
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

11% of this provider’s 817 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

10% of this provider’s 684 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

17% of this provider’s 817 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $98 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$82.9K

2012

$270K

2013

$537K

2014

$642K

2015

Number of Claims

1,472

2012

3,915

2013

7,849

2014

9,834

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

427

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

384

prescriptions.

105

patients, 13% of all patients

1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

337

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

86

patients, 11% of all patients

O 2 1
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

325

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

86

patients, 11% of all patients

3 2
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

320

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

93

patients, 11% of all patients

4 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

308

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

91

patients, 11% of all patients

5 4
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

301

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

80

patients, 10% of all patients

6 6
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

288

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

258

prescriptions.

76

patients, 9% of all patients

7 8
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

8 17
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, 2% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

51

patients, 6% of all patients

9 7
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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

10 11
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

58

patients, 7% of all patients

10 9
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

182

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

O 12 15
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

158

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

13 25
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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

14 26
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

15 10
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

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

16 24
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

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

17 16
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

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

18 18
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

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

19 12
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

20 22
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

21 54
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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

22 44
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

23 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

24 14
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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

R 25 60
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

26 20
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

27 96
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

28 37
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

29 56
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

30 84
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

30 40
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

32 31
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 33 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

33 81
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

35 45
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

35 43
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

35 66
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

38 70
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

39 68
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

40 58
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

R 40 130
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

40 28
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

43 62
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

43 33
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

45 36
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

45 13
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

47 27
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

47 65
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

49 88
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

50 185
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 51 47
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

51 78
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

53 21
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

54 52
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

O 54 79
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

54 140
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 March 19, 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.