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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,923Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 1539

$458K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 130 out of 1539

453 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64% Patients 65 Years and Older

5% 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 Puerto Rico
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

58% of this provider’s 453 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 37%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 289 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

17% of this provider’s 453 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$27 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $37 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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

$276K

2012

$324K

2013

$368K

2014

$458K

2015

Number of Claims

9,198

2012

10,578

2013

13,082

2014

16,923

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
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

1,188

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

782

prescriptions.

201

patients, 44% of all patients

1 1
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

880

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

576

prescriptions.

155

patients, 34% of all patients

2 4
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

871

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

522

prescriptions.

179

patients, 40% of all patients

3 5
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

734

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

442

prescriptions.

124

patients, 27% of all patients

4 3
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

726

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

413

prescriptions.

112

patients, 25% of all patients

5 2
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

701

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

430

prescriptions.

108

patients, 24% of all patients

6 7
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

644

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

469

prescriptions.

104

patients, 23% of all patients

7 15
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

586

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

377

prescriptions.

86

patients, 19% of all patients

8 11
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

450

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

317

prescriptions.

66

patients, 15% of all patients

9 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

400

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

72

patients, 16% of all patients

10 8
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

341

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

66

patients, 15% of all patients

11 10
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis. Source: National Library of Medicine

332

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

157

patients, 35% of all patients

12 27
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

300

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

46

patients, 10% of all patients

13 6
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

299

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

71

patients, 16% of all patients

14 18
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

289

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

15 30
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

286

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

16 32
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

267

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

156

patients, 34% of all patients

17 85
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

261

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

172

patients, 38% of all patients

A 18 37
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

234

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

19 21
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

230

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

43

patients, 9% of all patients

20 19
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

228

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

51

patients, 11% of all patients

21 9
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

224

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

22 16
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

216

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

122

patients, 27% of all patients

23 52
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

188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

24 13
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE

This combination medication... +

This combination medication is used to treat a variety of inflamed fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. Source: National Library of Medicine

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

87

patients, 19% of all patients

25 39
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

54

patients, 12% of all patients

O 26 24
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

27 51
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

108

patients, 24% of all patients

A 28 45
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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

29 40
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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

30 22
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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

31 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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

32 33
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

33 28
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

34 20
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

35 31
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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

36 91
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

63

patients, 14% of all patients

36 49
TERAZOSIN HCL

Terazosin is used in men to... +

Terazosin 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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

38 144
SURE COMFORT* 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

39 107
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

40 26
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

40 17
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

40 46
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

40 14
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

44 42
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

45 78
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM

Diclofenac is a nonsteroida... +

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat mild-to-moderate pain, and helps to relieve symptoms of arthritis (eg, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

46 23
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

46 124
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

O 48 56
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

49 48
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 50 79
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

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

R 51 81
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

71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

52 76
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

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

53 70
SURE COMFORT* 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

54 100
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

56

patients, 12% of all patients

A 55 87
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

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

56 29
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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

P 57 58
HUMULIN N

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 58 57
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

59 162
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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 59 88
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

61 59
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 Oct. 8, 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.