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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,833Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 67 out of 1000

$651K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 89 out of 1000

490 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85% 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 Kansas
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

38% of this provider’s 490 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 32%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 418 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

29% of this provider’s 490 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 22%.

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Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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

$708K

2012

$750K

2013

$720K

2014

$651K

2015

Number of Claims

14,558

2012

15,111

2013

14,394

2014

13,833

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

576

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

491

prescriptions.

82

patients, 17% of all patients

1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

492

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

458

prescriptions.

75

patients, 15% of all patients

2 6
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

490

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

460

prescriptions.

86

patients, 18% of all patients

3 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

419

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

367

prescriptions.

89

patients, 18% of all patients

4 4
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

398

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

363

prescriptions.

72

patients, 15% of all patients

5 3
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

367

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

54

patients, 11% of all patients

6 7
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

352

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

70

patients, 14% of all patients

7 2
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

343

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

65

patients, 13% of all patients

8 11
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

335

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

63

patients, 13% of all patients

9 23
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

329

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

311

prescriptions.

59

patients, 12% of all patients

10 14
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

297

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

43

patients, 9% of all patients

11 26
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

290

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

12 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

275

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

68

patients, 14% of all patients

O 13 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

274

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

249

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

14 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

236

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

15 24
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

O 16 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

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

195

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

17 13
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

190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

18 18
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

183

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

19 15
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

180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

20 12
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

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

21 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

52

patients, 11% of all patients

22 29
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

23 20
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

24 50
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

25 28
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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

26 9
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

27 27
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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

28 69
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

29 37
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

30 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

31 21
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

32 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

R 33 38
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

34 47
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

35 34
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

36 32
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

O 37 57
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

O 38 41
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

39 31
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

40 96
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

41 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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

42 62
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

42 17
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

44 43
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

81

prescriptions.

<11 45 30
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

46 33
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

47 40
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

48 39
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 49 140
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

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

50 60
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 O 51 59
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

52 94
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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

53 58
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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 54 74
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

A 54 53
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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 56 45
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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

56 44
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 58 85
METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to reliev... +

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 O 58 162
MINOCYCLINE HCL

Minocycline is used to trea... +

Minocycline is used to treat bacterial infections including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; acne; and infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

A 60 277
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 60 84
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, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.