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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,550Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 140 out of 1067

$784K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 195 out of 1067

861 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

15% 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 Missouri
lower than average

Antipsychotics

2% of this provider’s 760 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Antibiotics

17% of this provider’s 861 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 760 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

25% of this provider’s 861 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 21%.

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Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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

$644K

2012

$731K

2013

$752K

2014

$784K

2015

Number of Claims

13,720

2012

14,577

2013

14,805

2014

15,550

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

849

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

795

prescriptions.

192

patients, 22% of all patients

1 4
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

718

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

668

prescriptions.

155

patients, 18% of all patients

2 2
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

610

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

568

prescriptions.

142

patients, 16% of all patients

3 3
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

514

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

478

prescriptions.

124

patients, 14% of all patients

4 9
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

471

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

453

prescriptions.

96

patients, 11% of all patients

5 6
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

415

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

380

prescriptions.

91

patients, 11% of all patients

6 7
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

399

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

374

prescriptions.

95

patients, 11% of all patients

7 15
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

330

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

73

patients, 8% of all patients

8 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

298

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

287

prescriptions.

59

patients, 7% of all patients

9 1
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

291

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

64

patients, 7% of all patients

10 12
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

274

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

84

patients, 10% of all patients

O 11 16
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

274

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

262

prescriptions.

55

patients, 6% of all patients

11 11
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

274

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

47

patients, 5% of all patients

11 29
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

267

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

54

patients, 6% of all patients

14 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

263

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

81

patients, 9% of all patients

O 15 8
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

236

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

16 19
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

230

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

17 20
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

228

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

54

patients, 6% of all patients

18 24
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

207

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

19 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

68

patients, 8% of all patients

20 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

195

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

21 10
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

22 34
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

23 23
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

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

24 17
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

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

25 18
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

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

26 25
FELODIPINE ER

Felodipine is used to treat... +

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

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

27 181
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

28 14
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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

29 51
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

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

30 31
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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

31 26
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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

31 60
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

33 62
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

34 40
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

35 22
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

36 55
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

37 70
JANTOVEN

Helps to prevent new blood ... +

Helps to prevent new blood clots from forming, and helps to keep existing blood clots from getting worse. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

37 129
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

39 44
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

40 81
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

40 37
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

O 42 141
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

43 68
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

43 39
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

45 57
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

46 33
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) 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

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

47 89
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

P 48 64
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

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

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

48 92
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

50 84
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

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

51 101
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

51 63
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

53 134
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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

R 54 35
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

55 30
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

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

55 32
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, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

57 41
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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

58 46
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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

59 56
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 60 154
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

61 74
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

O 62 76
INDAPAMIDE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

63 193
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

O 64 45
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

65 95
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

66 54
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

Verapamil is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 66 145
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

A 68 48
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 Oct. 1, 2012.
  • 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.