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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,410Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 777

$1.92M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 777

607 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older

35% 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 Mississippi
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 474 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

4% of this provider’s 607 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 36%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 474 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 607 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$124 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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

$1.66M

2012

$1.74M

2013

$1.88M

2014

$1.92M

2015

Number of Claims

17,296

2012

17,051

2013

16,396

2014

15,410

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
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

590

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

441

prescriptions.

108

patients, 18% of all patients

1 3
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

579

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

453

prescriptions.

113

patients, 19% of all patients

2 16
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

572

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

448

prescriptions.

122

patients, 20% of all patients

3 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

558

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

428

prescriptions.

127

patients, 21% of all patients

4 9
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

546

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

431

prescriptions.

110

patients, 18% of all patients

5 10
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

439

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

353

prescriptions.

85

patients, 14% of all patients

6 7
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

419

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

331

prescriptions.

92

patients, 15% of all patients

7 8
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

411

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

365

prescriptions.

70

patients, 12% of all patients

8 2
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

406

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

69

patients, 11% of all patients

9 63
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

399

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

71

patients, 12% of all patients

10 59
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

387

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

68

patients, 11% of all patients

11 4
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

373

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

321

prescriptions.

84

patients, 14% of all patients

12 32
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

362

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

255

prescriptions.

64

patients, 11% of all patients

13 55
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

360

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

54

patients, 9% of all patients

14 40
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

328

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

277

prescriptions.

61

patients, 10% of all patients

15 36
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

328

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

277

prescriptions.

69

patients, 11% of all patients

15 5
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

324

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

60

patients, 10% of all patients

17 19
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

305

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

61

patients, 10% of all patients

18 12
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

227

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

54

patients, 9% of all patients

19 81
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

226

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

20 91
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

217

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

21 22
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

211

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

22 20
NOVOLIN 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

206

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

23 184
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

47

patients, 8% of all patients

24 116
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

25 13
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

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

179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

26 71
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

176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

27 14
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

59

patients, 10% of all patients

28 111
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

29 42
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

30 27
NOVOLIN N

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

31 187
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

32 15
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

33 138
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

34 147
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

35 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

36 68
CHLORTHALIDONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

37 142
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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

38 21
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

46

patients, 8% of all patients

38 219
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

40 90
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN

This is used by people with... +

This is used by people with diabetes to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

41 174
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

42 82
NOVOLIN R

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

43 198
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

44 57
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

45 76
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

45 215
LEVEMIR

Helps control blood sugar l... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

47 202
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

48 160
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

76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

49 93
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

49 70
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 KWIKPEN

This is used by people with... +

This is used by people with diabetes to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

51 233
VYTORIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

52 278
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

53 280
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

R 54 58
PEN NEEDLE 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

10 55 295
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

55 37
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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 57 83
NIACIN ER

Lowers cholesterol and trig... +

Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood and treats niacin deficiency (pellagra). Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 58 227
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 58 62
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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

58 33
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 61 104
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

Used with proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 62 165
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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 62 152
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 64 124
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.