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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,565Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 21

$368K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 21

83 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
29% Patients 65 Years and Older

100% 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 Illinois
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

Comparisons are not shown because there are not enough providers in this specialty and state that prescribe these drugs, and because this provider has fewer than 100 patients.

34 of this provider’s 83 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients.

0 of this provider’s 83 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid

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Brand Name Drugs

9% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%. This is far fewer than peers.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

67 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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

$260K

2012

$241K

2013

$341K

2014

$368K

2015

Number of Claims

5,597

2012

6,067

2013

7,028

2014

5,565

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

373

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

28

patients, 34% of all patients

1 2
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

303

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

28

patients, 34% of all patients

2 10
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

301

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

12

patients, 14% of all patients

P 3 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

293

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

28

patients, 34% of all patients

4 41
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE

Treats gingivitis (swelling... +

Treats gingivitis (swelling of the gums) and other problems of the mouth and gums. Source: National Library of Medicine

291

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

23

patients, 28% of all patients

5 59
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

199

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

13

patients, 16% of all patients

6 6
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

184

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

11

patients, 13% of all patients

7 67
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

183

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 8 53
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

169

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

<11 9 44
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

153

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

19

patients, 23% of all patients

10 29
OXCARBAZEPINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

<11 11 96
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 12 84
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

13

patients, 16% of all patients

13 48
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

117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 13% of all patients

14 8
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

111

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

29

patients, 35% of all patients

15 46
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 16 111
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

98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 17 19
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 18 94
CALCITONIN-SALMON

Calcitonin salmon is used t... +

Calcitonin salmon is used to treat osteoporosis in women who are at least 5 years past menopause and cannot or do not want to take estrogen products. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

19

patients, 23% of all patients

19 124
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 20 36
LITHIUM CARBONATE

Lithium is used to treat an... +

Lithium is used to treat and prevent episodes of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder; a disease that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods). Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 21 132
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 21 42
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 23 37
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 24 54
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE*

Treats skin irritation, all... +

Treats skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

15

patients, 18% of all patients

25 154
CARBAMAZEPINE ER

Treats certain types of se... +

Treats certain types of seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 26 157
TAMIFLU

Used in the treatment of th... +

Used in the treatment of the infection caused by the flu virus (influenza A and influenza B). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

52

patients, 63% of all patients

27 166
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED

Phenytoin is used to contro... +

Phenytoin is used to control certain type of seizures, and to treat and prevent seizures that may begin during or after surgery to the brain or nervous system. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 27 166
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 27 113
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 27 82
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 31 68
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 Feb. 24, 2017.
  • 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.