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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,387Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 63 out of 546

$5.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 546

660 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68% Patients 65 Years and Older

99% 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 Florida
lower than average

Antipsychotics

35% of this provider’s 448 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Antibiotics

11% of this provider’s 660 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 29%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

19% of this provider’s 448 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

36% of this provider’s 660 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 15%.

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Brand Name Drugs

51% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$394 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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

$1.2M

2012

$2.77M

2013

$8.6M

2014

$5.28M

2015

Number of Claims

5,095

2012

10,073

2013

16,471

2014

13,387

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
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

851

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

452

prescriptions.

193

patients, 29% of all patients

1 10
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

569

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

299

prescriptions.

164

patients, 25% of all patients

O 2 66
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

452

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

244

prescriptions.

168

patients, 25% of all patients

P 3 167
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

Treats schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

423

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

125

patients, 19% of all patients

P 4 157
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

405

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

155

patients, 23% of all patients

5 61
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

392

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

127

patients, 19% of all patients

6 39
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

314

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

93

patients, 14% of all patients

7 19
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

310

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

88

patients, 13% of all patients

8 58
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

284

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

93

patients, 14% of all patients

9 25
RESTASIS

Treats chronic dry eye dise... +

Treats chronic dry eye disease by increasing the amount of tears in your eyes. Source: National Library of Medicine

268

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

110

patients, 17% of all patients

10 152
CALCIPOTRIENE 218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

111

patients, 17% of all patients

10 11 228
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

72

patients, 11% of all patients

12 23
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

12 111
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

77

patients, 12% of all patients

P 14 207
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

187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

15 1
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

65

patients, 10% of all patients

16 108
EXELON

Rivastigmine is used to tre... +

Rivastigmine is used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

72

patients, 11% of all patients

17 109
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

18 9
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

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

19 26
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

54

patients, 8% of all patients

O 20 69
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

61

patients, 9% of all patients

21 84
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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

R 22 52
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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

23 5
BUDESONIDE EC 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

77

patients, 12% of all patients

10 24 306
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

25 215
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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

25 117
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

73

patients, 11% of all patients

27 64
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

28 14
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

29 18
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

30 188
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

31 2
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT

Used to help control the sy... +

Used to help control the symptoms of lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

32 185
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

O 33 32
REYATAZ 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

34 238
STRIBILD 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

35 319
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

35 6
NASONEX

Treats or prevents the symp... +

Treats or prevents the symptoms of seasonal (short-term) and perennial (year-round) allergies (hay fever), such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

37 158
AMITIZA

Treats certain types of lon... +

Treats certain types of long-term constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

38 186
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

38 13
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

Treats herpes labialis (cold sores). Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

54

patients, 8% of all patients

40 372
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

41 12
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

O 42 170
ACITRETIN 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

10 43 381
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

O 44 127
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

44 30
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM

Treats gastroesophageal ref... +

Treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and a damaged esophagus. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

44 257
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE

Treats psoriasis, skin irri... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

47 122
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 48 206
MEGACE ES 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

R 10 49 396
VESICARE

Solifenacin is used to trea... +

Solifenacin is used to treat overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably and cause frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination). Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

49 144
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

49 62
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

49 71
DEXILANT

Treats erosive esophagitis,... +

Treats erosive esophagitis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

53 124
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

53 36
OPANA ER

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

O 53 262
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

56 4
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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

57 20
PATADAY

Treats itching or watering ... +

Treats itching or watering of eyes caused by allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

58 225
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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

58 51
VALCYTE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 60 437
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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

61 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

62 41
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

24

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

63 73
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

64 78
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

64 7
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

64 11
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

R 67 143
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. 29, 2015.
  • 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.