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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,776Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 473

$663K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 473

912 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80% Patients 65 Years and Older

31% 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 Nevada
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

21% of this provider’s 912 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 25%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 728 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

30% of this provider’s 912 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$778K

2012

$593K

2013

$526K

2014

$663K

2015

Number of Claims

23,905

2012

15,332

2013

9,516

2014

11,776

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

587

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

447

prescriptions.

176

patients, 19% of all patients

O 1 7
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

564

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

472

prescriptions.

179

patients, 20% of all patients

2 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

512

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

397

prescriptions.

151

patients, 17% of all patients

3 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

398

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

327

prescriptions.

122

patients, 13% of all patients

4 3
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

357

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

114

patients, 13% of all patients

5 6
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

329

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

279

prescriptions.

97

patients, 11% 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

324

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

95

patients, 10% of all patients

7 2
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

284

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

74

patients, 8% of all patients

8 11
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

238

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

58

patients, 6% of all patients

9 9
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

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

77

patients, 8% of all patients

10 8
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

215

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

69

patients, 8% of all patients

11 10
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

12 23
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

181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

47

patients, 5% of all patients

13 13
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

14 38
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

47

patients, 5% of all patients

O 15 36
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

16 41
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

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

R 17 33
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

48

patients, 5% of all patients

18 14
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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

51

patients, 6% of all patients

19 19
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

20 29
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

21 35
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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

22 15
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

23 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

24 26
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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

25 20
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

26 31
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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

27 12
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

28 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

48

patients, 5% of all patients

29 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

29 18
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

31 62
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

32 54
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

33 46
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

34 27
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

35 30
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

36 56
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

37 94
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

38 48
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

39 43
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

40 32
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

40 50
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

O 42 25
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

43 74
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

44 24
VENTOLIN HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

44 101
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

46 37
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

A 47 42
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

51

patients, 6% of all patients

47 40
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

47 70
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

50 28
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

51 65
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

O 51 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

A 53 59
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

53 21
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

53 73
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

56 53
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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

57 55
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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

57 44
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

59 17
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

60 91
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 May 20, 2013.
  • 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.