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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,842Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 55

$2.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 55

473 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75% Patients 65 Years and Older

28% 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 Kentucky
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 353 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

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

0% of this provider’s 353 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 473 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 45%.

Prescription Price

$378 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $264 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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

$874K

2012

$1.08M

2013

$1.34M

2014

$2.21M

2015

Number of Claims

4,950

2012

5,491

2013

5,557

2014

5,842

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
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

705

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

522

prescriptions.

150

patients, 32% of all patients

1 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

366

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

255

prescriptions.

78

patients, 16% of all patients

2 3
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

254

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

46

patients, 10% of all patients

3 2
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

236

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

60

patients, 13% of all patients

4 7
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

233

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

54

patients, 11% of all patients

5 4
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

203

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

73

patients, 15% of all patients

6 5
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

190

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

52

patients, 11% of all patients

7 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

162

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

8 6
VICTOZA 3-PAK

Used to treat a type of dia... +

Used to treat a type of diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) called type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

9 25
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

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

10 16
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

123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

11 9
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

12 18
INVOKANA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

13 22
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

104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

14 10
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

103

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

15 8
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

16 13
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

17 19
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

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

18 24
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

19 131
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

20 28
BYDUREON PEN 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

21 55
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

21 58
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

23 44
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

24 23
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

Treats hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland). Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

24 21
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

26 64
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 27 42
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

28 20
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

29 14
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

30 156
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. 22, 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.