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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,562Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 50

$2.89M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 50

974 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77% Patients 65 Years and Older

29% 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

0% of this provider’s 746 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

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

0 of this provider’s 974 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid

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Brand Name Drugs

47% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 44%.

Prescription Price

$273 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $226 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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

$1.15M

2012

$2.06M

2013

$2.45M

2014

$2.89M

2015

Number of Claims

7,754

2012

10,159

2013

10,008

2014

10,562

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

1,189

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

957

prescriptions.

296

patients, 30% of all patients

1 1
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

554

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

446

prescriptions.

171

patients, 18% of all patients

2 3
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

496

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

381

prescriptions.

125

patients, 13% of all patients

3 5
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

420

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

92

patients, 9% of all patients

4 17
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

404

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

301

prescriptions.

119

patients, 12% of all patients

10 5 9
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

379

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

92

patients, 9% of all patients

6 14
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

325

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

80

patients, 8% of all patients

7 2
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

301

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

62

patients, 6% of all patients

8 20
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

288

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

76

patients, 8% of all patients

9 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

286

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

76

patients, 8% of all patients

10 10
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

280

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

78

patients, 8% of all patients

11 11
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

241

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

56

patients, 6% of all patients

12 15
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

235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

64

patients, 7% of all patients

13 7
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

227

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

70

patients, 7% of all patients

14 28
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

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

215

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

15 21
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

199

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

71

patients, 7% of all patients

16 31
HYDROCORTISONE

Hydrocortisone provides rel... +

Hydrocortisone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

17 35
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

55

patients, 6% of all patients

18 4
HUMULIN 70/30 KWIKPEN 182

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

10 19 73
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

182

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

19 16
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

162

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

21 13
LEVEMIR

Helps control blood sugar l... +

Helps control blood sugar levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

22 53
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

23 12
NOVOLIN 70-30

Insulin injection is used t... +

Insulin injection is used to control blood sugar in people who have type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not make insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or in people who have type 2 diabetes (condition in which the blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally) that cannot be controlled with oral medications alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

24 33
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

25 83
HUMULIN 70-30

Insulin injection is used t... +

Insulin injection is used to control blood sugar in people who have type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not make insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or in people who have type 2 diabetes (condition in which the blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally) that cannot be controlled with oral medications alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

26 32
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

27 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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

28 18
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

29 25
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

30 49
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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

31 29
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

32 30
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 KWIKPEN

This is used by people with... +

This is used by people with diabetes to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

33 39
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

34 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

35 8
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

35 66
NOVOLIN N

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

37 70
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

38 19
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

Treats low blood calcium in kidney dialysis patients and other patients. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

39 87
NOVOLIN R

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

40 91
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 41 63
ULTICARE* 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

42 141
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.