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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,462Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 257

$674K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 257

613 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older

33% 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 New Hampshire
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

22% of this provider’s 613 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 567 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

16% of this provider’s 613 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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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

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $70 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$390K

2012

$467K

2013

$490K

2014

$674K

2015

Number of Claims

7,863

2012

8,954

2013

9,756

2014

12,462

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

471

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

427

prescriptions.

95

patients, 15% of all patients

1 1
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

470

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

423

prescriptions.

90

patients, 15% of all patients

2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

392

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

387

prescriptions.

86

patients, 14% of all patients

3 3
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

348

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

317

prescriptions.

55

patients, 9% of all patients

4 7
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

338

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

308

prescriptions.

76

patients, 12% of all patients

5 6
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

334

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

306

prescriptions.

71

patients, 12% of all patients

6 4
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

293

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

68

patients, 11% of all patients

7 9
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

293

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

288

prescriptions.

57

patients, 9% of all patients

7 15
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

291

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

61

patients, 10% of all patients

9 14
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

287

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

10 19
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

269

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

56

patients, 9% of all patients

11 5
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

254

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

12 12
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

247

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

13 8
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

227

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

14 13
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

60

patients, 10% of all patients

15 18
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

211

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

16 10
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

17 38
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

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

17 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

17 23
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

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

20 16
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

21 39
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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

22 11
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

23 20
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

24 36
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

25 21
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

26 32
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

96

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

27 26
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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

28 24
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

<11 29 57
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

30 22
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

31 30
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

O 32 31
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

33 37
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

34 59
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

Morphine (extended release) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 O 35 110
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

O 36 27
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

Verapamil is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

36 146
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

66

prescriptions.

<11 38 58
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

39 34
LATANOPROST

Latanoprost ophthalmic is u... +

Latanoprost ophthalmic is used to treat glaucoma (a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision) and ocular hypertension (a condition which causes increased pressure in the eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 39 89
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

O 41 25
ENTACAPONE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 42 210
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

43 35
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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

43 68
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

45 128
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 R 46 96
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

47 60
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

The combination of levodopa... +

The combination of levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 48 103
FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 49 55
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 50 84
NYSTATIN

Treats fungus infections in... +

Treats fungus infections in the mouth, throat, and intestines. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

50 153
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 O 50 229
AZILECT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with levodopa for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 53 233
TOPROL XL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain), and lowers the risk of repeated heart attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

54 117
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

54 47
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 56 98
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 56 44
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

A 56 158
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 April 14, 2009.
  • 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.