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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,388Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 473

$482K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 82 out of 473

887 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older

13% 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 Nevada
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 887 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 25%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

10% of this provider’s 830 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 887 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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

$336K

2012

$416K

2013

$423K

2014

$482K

2015

Number of Claims

8,809

2012

10,017

2013

10,610

2014

11,388

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

709

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

653

prescriptions.

140

patients, 16% of all patients

1 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

602

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

577

prescriptions.

112

patients, 13% of all patients

2 3
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

550

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

510

prescriptions.

109

patients, 12% of all patients

3 1
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

539

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

513

prescriptions.

120

patients, 14% of all patients

4 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

451

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

437

prescriptions.

98

patients, 11% of all patients

5 4
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

357

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

76

patients, 9% of all patients

6 6
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

306

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

301

prescriptions.

68

patients, 8% of all patients

7 12
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

289

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

8 9
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

258

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

56

patients, 6% of all patients

9 8
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

10 27
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

11 11
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

196

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

12 17
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

13 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

O 14 7
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

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

15 21
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

16 16
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

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

17 20
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

18 10
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

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

R 19 33
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

20 23
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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

21 28
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

22 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

23 26
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

24 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

25 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

26 22
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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

27 13
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

28 57
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

29 55
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

30 142
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

31 44
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

32 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

33 60
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

34 19
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

34 51
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

34 29
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

37 35
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

38 34
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

O 39 25
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

40 65
PROPRANOLOL HCL ER

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), certain types of tremor, and hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (a heart muscle disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 41 266
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

41 85
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

43 15
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

43 56
TERAZOSIN HCL

Terazosin is used in men to... +

Terazosin 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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 45 58
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.