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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,071Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 571

$2.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 571

1,172 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69% Patients 65 Years and Older

1% 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 Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 809 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

6% of this provider’s 1,172 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 29%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

6% of this provider’s 809 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

3% of this provider’s 1,172 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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

$981K

2012

$1.35M

2013

$1.81M

2014

$2.16M

2015

Number of Claims

17,086

2012

23,075

2013

26,171

2014

29,071

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
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

4,812

prescriptions, 17% of all prescriptions

3,040

prescriptions.

523

patients, 45% of all patients

10 1 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

1,527

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

1,069

prescriptions.

281

patients, 24% of all patients

2 5
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

1,485

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

1,006

prescriptions.

246

patients, 21% of all patients

3 3
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

1,290

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

923

prescriptions.

217

patients, 19% of all patients

4 2
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

1,048

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

781

prescriptions.

190

patients, 16% of all patients

5 1
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

984

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

810

prescriptions.

142

patients, 12% of all patients

6 6
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

884

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

723

prescriptions.

141

patients, 12% of all patients

7 4
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

851

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

752

prescriptions.

162

patients, 14% of all patients

8 15
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

708

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

430

prescriptions.

122

patients, 10% of all patients

9 34
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

689

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

564

prescriptions.

114

patients, 10% of all patients

10 7
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

597

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

388

prescriptions.

114

patients, 10% of all patients

11 28
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

542

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

482

prescriptions.

82

patients, 7% of all patients

12 21
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

499

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

387

prescriptions.

77

patients, 7% of all patients

13 30
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

467

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

89

patients, 8% of all patients

14 70
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

448

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

328

prescriptions.

73

patients, 6% of all patients

15 95
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

430

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

364

prescriptions.

69

patients, 6% of all patients

16 12
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

427

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

70

patients, 6% of all patients

17 9
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

410

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

67

patients, 6% of all patients

18 66
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

408

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

59

patients, 5% of all patients

19 11
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

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

370

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

298

prescriptions.

60

patients, 5% of all patients

20 26
GLIPIZIDE ER

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

354

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

66

patients, 6% of all patients

21 81
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

339

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

70

patients, 6% of all patients

22 8
GLIPIZIDE XL

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

311

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

55

patients, 5% of all patients

23 86
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

278

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

244

prescriptions.

46

patients, 4% of all patients

24 74
CICLOPIROX*

Treats skin infections caus... +

Treats skin infections caused by fungus, such as ringworm, athlete's foot, or dandruff. Source: National Library of Medicine

270

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

88

patients, 8% of all patients

25 226
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

257

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

26 13
JANUMET XR

This combination is used to... +

This combination is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

253

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

10 27 201
LEVOXYL 249

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

28 139
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

245

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

46

patients, 4% of all patients

29 77
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

245

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

29 17
ONGLYZA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

238

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

10 31 140
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

32 14
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

47

patients, 4% of all patients

33 85
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

34 94
KOMBIGLYZE XR 186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

10 35 151
SURE COMFORT* 155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

36 105
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

37 123
SURE COMFORT* 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

38 111
RALOXIFENE HCL

Raloxifene is used to preve... +

Raloxifene is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (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). Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

39 60
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

39 79
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

145

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

41 18
HUMULIN 70-30

Insulin injection is used t... +

Insulin injection is used to control blood sugar in people who have type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not make insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or in people who have type 2 diabetes (condition in which the blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally) that cannot be controlled with oral medications alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

141

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

42 38
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

140

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

43 22
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN

Treats type 2 diabetes. +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

44 115
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

132

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

45 25
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

Treats hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland). Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

46 284
IRBESARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

47 55
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

128

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

48 135
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

127

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

49 24
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

50 176
GLYBURIDE

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

118

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

R 51 260
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

117

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

52 72
LEVEMIR

Helps control blood sugar l... +

Helps control blood sugar levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

53 145
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

Treats low blood calcium in kidney dialysis patients and other patients. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

54 202
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

104

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

55 16
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

56 104
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

99

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

57 51
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

58 44
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

59 306
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

84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

60 27
CABERGOLINE 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

61 308
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

62 19
HUMULIN N

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

62 45
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

64 53
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

65 273
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

66 23
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

67 164
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

71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 68 64
HUMALOG MIX 50-50 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

69 200
QUINAPRIL HCL

Quinapril is used alone or ... +

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

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 70 130
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL

The combination of glyburid... +

The combination of glyburide and metformin 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) in people whose diabetes cannot be controlled by diet and exercise alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

R 71 220
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 71 100
CAPTOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 73 103
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

74 165
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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 75 33
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 76 84
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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

76 20
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 78 31
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.