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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,926Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 62 out of 951

$723K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 63 out of 951

829 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

29% 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 Washington
lower than average

Antipsychotics

2% of this provider’s 732 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Antibiotics

19% of this provider’s 829 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 732 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

21% of this provider’s 829 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $74 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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

$644K

2012

$694K

2013

$765K

2014

$723K

2015

Number of Claims

10,502

2012

12,014

2013

11,992

2014

11,926

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

561

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

497

prescriptions.

162

patients, 20% 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

432

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

409

prescriptions.

113

patients, 14% of all patients

2 5
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

431

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

373

prescriptions.

122

patients, 15% of all patients

3 4
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

409

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

367

prescriptions.

120

patients, 14% of all patients

4 6
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

353

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

316

prescriptions.

92

patients, 11% of all patients

5 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

304

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

97

patients, 12% of all patients

6 3
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

275

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

80

patients, 10% of all patients

7 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

65

patients, 8% of all patients

O 8 10
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

239

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

73

patients, 9% of all patients

9 7
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

10 11
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

220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

60

patients, 7% of all patients

11 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

219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

57

patients, 7% of all patients

12 8
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

215

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

69

patients, 8% of all patients

13 14
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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

14 13
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

15 17
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

167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

16 19
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

17 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

18 54
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

19 27
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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

19 40
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

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

21 20
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

22 18
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

23 21
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

O 24 42
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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

25 16
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

O 26 26
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

27 28
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

27 34
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

29 53
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

30 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

31 15
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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

32 37
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

P 33 46
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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

34 32
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

34 43
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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

36 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

37 23
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

38 22
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

39 38
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

O 40 24
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

68

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

40 58
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

42 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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

43 63
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

44 89
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

45 30
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

46 41
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

47 45
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

48 33
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), 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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

48 64
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

R 50 36
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

51 75
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

52 105
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

53 50
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

54 79
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

55 59
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

55 55
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

57 85
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

57 51
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. 8, 2010.
  • 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.