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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,839Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 1539

$324K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 263 out of 1539

532 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
22% Patients 65 Years and Older

3% 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 Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

24% of this provider’s 119 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Antibiotics

25% of this provider’s 532 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 37%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

21% of this provider’s 119 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 532 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

8% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$18 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $37 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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

$127K

2012

$185K

2013

$264K

2014

$324K

2015

Number of Claims

5,687

2012

10,416

2013

14,688

2014

17,839

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
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

1,596

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

203

patients, 38% of all patients

1 66
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

1,386

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

192

patients, 36% of all patients

2 18
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

936

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

158

patients, 30% of all patients

3 31
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

835

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

126

patients, 24% of all patients

4 4
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

651

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

104

patients, 20% of all patients

5 38
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

588

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

91

patients, 17% of all patients

6 5
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

580

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

93

patients, 17% of all patients

R 7 81
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

554

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

91

patients, 17% of all patients

8 1
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

455

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

72

patients, 14% of all patients

9 50
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

453

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

68

patients, 13% of all patients

R 10 134
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

439

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

68

patients, 13% of all patients

11 74
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

411

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

73

patients, 14% of all patients

12 3
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

401

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

55

patients, 10% of all patients

P 13 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

386

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

57

patients, 11% of all patients

14 70
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM

Diclofenac is a nonsteroida... +

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat mild-to-moderate pain, and helps to relieve symptoms of arthritis (eg, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

382

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

90

patients, 17% of all patients

15 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

371

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

49

patients, 9% of all patients

16 12
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

364

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

17 2
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

359

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

18 6
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL

Chlorpromazine is used to t... +

Chlorpromazine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions) and other psychotic disorders (conditions that cause difficulty telling the difference between things or ideas that are real and things or ideas that are not real) and to treat the symptoms of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people who have bipolar disorder (manic depressive disorder; a condition that causes episodes of mania, episodes of depression, and other abnormal moods). Source: National Library of Medicine

355

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

P 19 207
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

265

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

20 119
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

246

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

21 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

210

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

P 22 58
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

196

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

23 156
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

193

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

24 16
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis. Source: National Library of Medicine

192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

25 27
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

26 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

87

patients, 16% of all patients

26 49
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

Treats symptoms of Parkinson's disease or side effects of other drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

R 28 205
NAPROXEN SODIUM

Naproxen is a nonsteroidal ... +

Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve symptoms of arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or juvenile arthritis) such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

29 97
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

Doxepin is used to treat depression and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

R 30 176
LITHIUM CARBONATE

Lithium is used to treat an... +

Lithium is used to treat and prevent episodes of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder; a disease that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods). Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

31 291
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

61

patients, 11% of all patients

O 32 24
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE

This combination medication... +

This combination medication is used to treat a variety of inflamed fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

33 39
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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

34 22
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

34 83
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

Treats symptoms of mental and emotional disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

P 36 161
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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

36 10
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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

38 7
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

16

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

39 28
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

40 211
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

41 51
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

68

patients, 13% of all patients

A 42 37
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

86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

R 43 150
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

84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

44 9
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

82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

45 13
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

46 14
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Levocetirizine is an antihi... +

Levocetirizine is an antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever and hives of the skin. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

47 90
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

48 262
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 49 21
DEXAMETHASONE

Treats inflammation and man... +

Treats inflammation and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

50 55
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

51 8
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

O 52 56
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

53 48
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 54 32
ESTAZOLAM 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

55 173
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 11, 2016.
  • 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.