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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,412Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 253

$790K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 253

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

22% 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 Mexico
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

46% of this provider’s 537 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

19% of this provider’s 492 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 537 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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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

$76 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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

$784K

2012

$812K

2013

$765K

2014

$790K

2015

Number of Claims

10,532

2012

11,361

2013

10,669

2014

10,412

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

577

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

514

prescriptions.

137

patients, 26% of all patients

1 1
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

435

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

370

prescriptions.

109

patients, 20% of all patients

2 3
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

379

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

319

prescriptions.

84

patients, 16% of all patients

3 6
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

363

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

350

prescriptions.

86

patients, 16% of all patients

4 2
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

301

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

62

patients, 12% of all patients

5 7
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

250

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

169

patients, 31% of all patients

A 6 72
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

7 26
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

48

patients, 9% of all patients

7 54
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

9 16
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

176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

66

patients, 12% of all patients

10 50
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

11 11
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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

48

patients, 9% of all patients

12 4
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

13 73
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

O 13 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

15 5
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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

16 41
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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

17 14
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.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

18 32
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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

19 57
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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

R 20 39
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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

21 10
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

22 77
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

23 29
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

24 46
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

25 31
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

Enalapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

25 76
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

27 86
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

28 15
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

29 138
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

29 30
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

O 31 9
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

31 8
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

31 82
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

34 23
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

34 13
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

36 99
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

37 36
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

38 19
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

39 61
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

40 28
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

40 12
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

40 43
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 43 68
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

44 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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

45 24
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

45 20
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

47 53
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

A 48 112
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

49 44
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

A 49 201
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 51 89
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

51 119
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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

53 60
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 March 21, 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.