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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,908Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 482 out of 941

$2.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 941

271 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
48% Patients 65 Years and Older

88% 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 Arkansas
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

39% of this provider’s 271 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 37%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

26% of this provider’s 271 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$320 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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

$1.53M

2012

$1.77M

2013

$1.87M

2014

$2.21M

2015

Number of Claims

6,456

2012

6,812

2013

6,815

2014

6,908

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
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

244

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

28

patients, 10% of all patients

1 251
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

243

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

28

patients, 10% of all patients

2 263
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

240

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

27

patients, 10% of all patients

3 246
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

191

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

4 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

182

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

43

patients, 16% of all patients

O 5 4
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

182

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

23

patients, 8% of all patients

5 12
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

151

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

7 2
REYATAZ 136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

8 309
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

9 18
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

119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

10 3
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

116

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

11 30
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

116

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

11 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

108

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

13 10
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

14 7
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

15 5
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

16 25
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

16 8
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

18 22
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

18 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 20 9
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 21 147
KALETRA 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 22 344
LAMIVUDINE-ZIDOVUDINE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 22 310
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 22 29
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

<11 25 39
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

25 13
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 27 1
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 28 346
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

29 31
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 30 40
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 31 331
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 31 94
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 31 107
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

50

patients, 18% of all patients

A 31 64
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

A 35 80
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 36 27
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 37 6
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

37 14
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 39 273
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 39 104
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 Feb. 20, 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.