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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,751Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 701 out of 2139

$444K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 926 out of 2139

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

33% 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 Ohio
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

17% of this provider’s 347 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

4% of this provider’s 321 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

10% of this provider’s 347 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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

$417K

2012

$429K

2013

$427K

2014

$444K

2015

Number of Claims

8,105

2012

8,497

2013

8,594

2014

8,751

2015

This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

821

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

728

prescriptions.

149

patients, 43% of all patients

1 4
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

395

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

375

prescriptions.

89

patients, 26% of all patients

2 14
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

395

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

373

prescriptions.

75

patients, 22% of all patients

2 3
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

336

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

67

patients, 19% of all patients

4 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

312

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

66

patients, 19% of all patients

5 1
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

310

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

63

patients, 18% of all patients

6 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

265

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

59

patients, 17% of all patients

7 12
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

265

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

47

patients, 14% of all patients

7 2
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

260

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

49

patients, 14% of all patients

9 7
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

43

patients, 12% of all patients

10 49
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

196

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

54

patients, 16% of all patients

11 15
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

31

patients, 9% of all patients

12 19
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

191

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

37

patients, 11% of all patients

13 6
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

174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

37

patients, 11% of all patients

14 8
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

162

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

36

patients, 10% of all patients

15 9
KLOR-CON M20

Potassium is essential for ... +

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Source: National Library of Medicine

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

37

patients, 11% of all patients

16 62
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

146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

38

patients, 11% of all patients

17 5
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

18 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

19 42
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

28

patients, 8% of all patients

20 28
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

20 63
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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

22 13
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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

23 38
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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

24 39
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

31

patients, 9% of all patients

O 25 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

26 33
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

27 29
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

28 11
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

29 64
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

29 50
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

31 66
FONDAPARINUX SODIUM 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

<11 32 511
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

33 41
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

33 20
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

33 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

36 32
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

37 57
TOPROL XL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain), and lowers the risk of repeated heart attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

38 125
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 Sept. 26, 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.