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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,400Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 273

$1.48M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 273

953 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
26% Patients 65 Years and Older

77% 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 Alabama
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

3% of this provider’s 953 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 249 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

84% of this provider’s 953 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $117 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$590K

2012

$717K

2013

$1.45M

2014

$1.48M

2015

Number of Claims

8,277

2012

11,920

2013

18,035

2014

21,400

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
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

3,088

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

682

prescriptions.

654

patients, 69% of all patients

10 1 9
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

2,784

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

666

prescriptions.

437

patients, 46% of all patients

O 2 4
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

1,415

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

384

prescriptions.

398

patients, 42% of all patients

3 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

1,001

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

389

prescriptions.

150

patients, 16% of all patients

O 4 1
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

993

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

284

prescriptions.

414

patients, 43% of all patients

5 103
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

971

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

256

patients, 27% of all patients

6 34
METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to reliev... +

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. Source: National Library of Medicine

896

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

101

patients, 11% of all patients

O 7 41
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

720

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

122

patients, 13% of all patients

O 8 22
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

686

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

133

patients, 14% of all patients

9 2
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

642

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

97

patients, 10% of all patients

10 11
LIDOCAINE-PRILOCAINE

This is used on the skin or... +

This is used on the skin or in the genital area to cause numbness or loss of feeling before certain medical procedures. Source: National Library of Medicine

633

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

125

patients, 13% of all patients

11 106
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

539

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

117

patients, 12% of all patients

O 12 36
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

426

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

67

patients, 7% of all patients

13 23
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

350

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

14 25
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

289

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

87

patients, 9% of all patients

15 50
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE

The combination is used as ... +

The combination is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

265

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

16 130
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

262

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

64

patients, 7% of all patients

17 96
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

248

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

R 18 33
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

245

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

48

patients, 5% of all patients

O 19 46
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

233

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

20 38
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

229

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

58

patients, 6% of all patients

21 49
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Pramipexole is used alone o... +

Pramipexole 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

216

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

22 99
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

215

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

23 45
SAVELLA 187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

10 24 249
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

25 40
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

165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

26 52
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

40

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

27 89
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

O 28 13
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

R 29 51
BUTRANS 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

O 29 193
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

31 117
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

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

105

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

O 32 28
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

R 33 47
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

84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

34 160
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

35 252
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

R 36 81
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

37 104
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE

Sumatriptan is used to trea... +

Sumatriptan is used to treat the symptoms of migraine headaches (severe, throbbing headaches that sometimes is accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to sound and light). Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

38 174
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

39 64
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

40 48
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

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

40 3
ENDOCET

Treats moderate to moderate... +

Treats moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

O 42 253
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

43 100
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN

Treats short-term, medium t... +

Treats short-term, medium to medium-severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

O 43 278
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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

45 17
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

46 15
LIDOCAINE HCL*

Lidocaine viscous, a local ... +

Lidocaine viscous, a local anesthetic, is used to treat the pain of a sore or irritated mouth and throat often associated with cancer chemotherapy and certain medical procedures. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

47 404
BUPROPION HCL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

48 270
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 49 158
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 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.