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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,146Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 323 out of 1494

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 171 out of 1494

692 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

12% 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 Georgia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

2% of this provider’s 644 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Antibiotics

36% of this provider’s 692 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 28%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

14% of this provider’s 644 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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Opioids

18% of this provider’s 692 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $70 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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

$794K

2012

$914K

2013

$995K

2014

$1.03M

2015

Number of Claims

9,680

2012

11,841

2013

12,728

2014

13,146

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

584

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

548

prescriptions.

126

patients, 18% of all patients

1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

546

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

521

prescriptions.

132

patients, 19% of all patients

2 4
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

445

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

420

prescriptions.

104

patients, 15% of all patients

3 1
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

322

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

78

patients, 11% of all patients

4 7
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

315

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

77

patients, 11% of all patients

5 3
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

286

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

6 5
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

258

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

72

patients, 10% of all patients

7 6
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

249

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

8 46
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

248

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

9 10
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

65

patients, 9% of all patients

10 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

80

patients, 12% of all patients

11 25
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

197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

50

patients, 7% of all patients

12 9
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

195

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

R 13 33
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

70

patients, 10% of all patients

O 14 18
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

182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

15 21
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

176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

16 19
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

168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

17 14
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

18 29
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

106

patients, 15% of all patients

19 44
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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

20 23
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

21 22
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

22 20
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

23 11
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

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

23 26
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

25 34
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

26 16
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

27 72
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

28 32
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

29 37
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

30 31
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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

31 67
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

O 32 12
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

66

patients, 10% of all patients

A 32 114
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

34 36
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

34 8
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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

34 30
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

34 73
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

A 38 65
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

39 13
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

39 85
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

41 40
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

42 111
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

42 15
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

42 45
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

45 39
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

45 89
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

47 24
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

48 47
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

58

patients, 8% of all patients

A 49 102
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

50 28
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

51 81
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used 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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

52 91
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

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

53 83
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

54 115
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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

55 41
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

55 71
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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

57 56
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

58 43
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

59 99
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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

60 74
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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

61 48
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

61 64
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

61 98
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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

64 51
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

65 142
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

66 42
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

66 80
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

68 109
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 23, 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.