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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,519Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 72 out of 566

$627K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 566

458 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older

53% 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 Maine
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

45% of this provider’s 458 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 21%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

12% of this provider’s 356 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 11%.

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Opioids

31% of this provider’s 458 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$83 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $72 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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

$416K

2012

$583K

2013

$628K

2014

$627K

2015

Number of Claims

5,207

2012

7,878

2013

7,739

2014

7,519

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
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

314

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

52

patients, 11% of all patients

O 1 18
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

266

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

230

prescriptions.

79

patients, 17% of all patients

2 1
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

263

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

82

patients, 18% of all patients

3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

237

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

61

patients, 13% of all patients

O 4 11
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

225

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

80

patients, 17% of all patients

5 4
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

221

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

79

patients, 17% of all patients

6 5
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

195

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

54

patients, 12% of all patients

7 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

193

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

63

patients, 14% of all patients

8 3
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

180

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

133

patients, 29% of all patients

A 9 61
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

177

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

99

patients, 22% of all patients

10 27
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

95

patients, 21% of all patients

11 149
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

150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

57

patients, 12% of all patients

12 10
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

143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

13 7
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

14 38
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

14 29
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

16 15
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

119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

17 14
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

18 53
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

19 28
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

20 6
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

20 85
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

R 22 41
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

23 8
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

24 23
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

55

patients, 12% of all patients

A 25 95
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

R 26 47
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

27 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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

28 17
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

29 54
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

30 9
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

O 31 21
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

32 22
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

A 32 118
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

O 32 46
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

35 34
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

36 26
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

37 33
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

A 38 102
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. 28, 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.