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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,101Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 303 out of 1117

$555K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 266 out of 1117

498 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62% Patients 65 Years and Older

63% 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 Oklahoma
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

35% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 32%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 308 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 16%.

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Opioids

39% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 26%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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

$146K

2012

$436K

2013

$424K

2014

$555K

2015

Number of Claims

2,961

2012

9,862

2013

6,787

2014

8,101

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

447

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

111

patients, 22% of all patients

O 1 2
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

279

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

81

patients, 16% of all patients

2 4
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

253

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

70

patients, 14% of all patients

3 1
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

213

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

70

patients, 14% of all patients

4 9
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

207

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

69

patients, 14% of all patients

5 3
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

206

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

74

patients, 15% of all patients

6 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

70

patients, 14% of all patients

7 7
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

8 14
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

179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

60

patients, 12% of all patients

9 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

53

patients, 11% of all patients

10 11
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

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

71

patients, 14% of all patients

11 28
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

57

patients, 11% of all patients

12 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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

13 18
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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

14 22
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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

15 13
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

15 16
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

O 17 15
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

18 10
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

19 55
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

19 23
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

21 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

22 30
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

23 38
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

24 54
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

24 32
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

26 46
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

27 20
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

28 26
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

28 29
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

30 73
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

30 21
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

32 34
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

32 91
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

32 65
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

32 17
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

53

patients, 11% of all patients

A 36 47
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

37 44
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

R 38 31
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, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

39 27
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

40 81
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

O 40 48
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

42 64
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, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

R 42 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 Jan. 18, 2017.
  • 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.