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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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11,809Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 61 out of 1334

$438K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 269 out of 1334

483 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older

65% 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 Arizona
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

23% of this provider’s 483 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 439 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

16% of this provider’s 483 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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

$410K

2012

$390K

2013

$433K

2014

$438K

2015

Number of Claims

10,427

2012

11,184

2013

12,196

2014

11,809

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

800

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

739

prescriptions.

122

patients, 25% of all patients

1 2
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

696

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

594

prescriptions.

91

patients, 19% of all patients

2 3
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

582

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

534

prescriptions.

76

patients, 16% 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

563

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

516

prescriptions.

87

patients, 18% of all patients

4 6
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

455

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

409

prescriptions.

66

patients, 14% of all patients

5 7
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

410

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

382

prescriptions.

58

patients, 12% of all patients

6 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

405

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

377

prescriptions.

62

patients, 13% of all patients

7 4
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

300

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

8 11
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

260

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

255

prescriptions.

52

patients, 11% of all patients

9 31
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

243

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

62

patients, 13% of all patients

10 53
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

242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

11 12
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

12 13
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

201

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

13 37
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

199

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

14 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

15 19
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

182

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

27

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

171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

17 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

54

patients, 11% of all patients

O 18 10
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

19 33
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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

20 21
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

20 9
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

22 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

51

patients, 11% of all patients

23 16
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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

24 20
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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

24 34
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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

26 30
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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

27 29
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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

28 72
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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

28 64
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

28 28
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

31 17
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

32 14
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

32 27
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

66

patients, 14% of all patients

A 34 71
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30

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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

35 207
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

36 133
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

37 25
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

38 24
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 39 23
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

39 57
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

41 91
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 42 154
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

O 43 22
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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 44 198
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used 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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 44 63
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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

46 18
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 47 93
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 22, 2011.
  • 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.