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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,695Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 257

$915K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 257

852 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older

8% 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 New Hampshire
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

17% of this provider’s 852 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

12% of this provider’s 817 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

15% of this provider’s 852 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $70 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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

$573K

2012

$664K

2013

$665K

2014

$915K

2015

Number of Claims

9,435

2012

11,152

2013

11,301

2014

13,695

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
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

509

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

504

prescriptions.

140

patients, 16% of all patients

1 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

469

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

452

prescriptions.

135

patients, 16% of all patients

2 3
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

426

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

411

prescriptions.

119

patients, 14% of all patients

3 16
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

398

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

398

prescriptions.

110

patients, 13% of all patients

4 9
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

395

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

390

prescriptions.

110

patients, 13% of all patients

5 14
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

380

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

375

prescriptions.

110

patients, 13% of all patients

6 5
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

363

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

345

prescriptions.

89

patients, 10% of all patients

7 2
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

290

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

277

prescriptions.

72

patients, 8% of all patients

8 17
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

258

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

60

patients, 7% of all patients

9 7
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

63

patients, 7% of all patients

10 61
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

223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

51

patients, 6% of all patients

11 24
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

222

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

12 11
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

219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

59

patients, 7% of all patients

13 10
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

207

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

14 8
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

66

patients, 8% of all patients

15 13
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

16 35
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

17 34
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

67

patients, 8% of all patients

O 18 25
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

19 15
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

20 20
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

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

55

patients, 6% of all patients

21 6
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

22 46
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

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

23 12
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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

R 24 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

O 25 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

51

patients, 6% of all patients

26 23
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

27 22
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

28 83
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

28 19
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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

30 69
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

30 26
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

32 146
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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

33 42
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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

34 59
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

35 39
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

36 33
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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

37 43
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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

38 94
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ

The combination of spironol... +

The combination of spironolactone and hydrochlorothiazide, a 'water pill,' is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention caused by various conditions, including heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

39 133
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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

40 48
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

41 21
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

42 75
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

43 113
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

44 71
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

45 36
CHLORTHALIDONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

46 91
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

47 1
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

47 55
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.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

49 45
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

49 122
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

49 37
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

52 101
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

O 53 27
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

54 79
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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

55 51
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

56 38
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

56 18
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

O 58 56
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

59 32
LANSOPRAZOLE

Treats stomach ulcers, gast... +

Treats stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

60 179
AMILORIDE HCL 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

60 217
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE

Ipratropium oral inhalation... +

Ipratropium oral inhalation is used to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways) such as chronic bronchitis (swelling of the air passages that lead to the lungs) and emphysema (damage to the air sacs in the lungs). Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

62 163
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 63 95
METOLAZONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

64 184
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.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

65 44
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 20, 2011.
  • 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.