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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,500Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 114 out of 1539

$442K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 143 out of 1539

397 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older

0% 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

27% of this provider’s 380 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

51% of this provider’s 397 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 37%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

19% of this provider’s 380 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

10% of this provider’s 397 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$33 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

$314K

2012

$367K

2013

$456K

2014

$442K

2015

Number of Claims

8,920

2012

11,235

2013

13,031

2014

13,500

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

663

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

652

prescriptions.

98

patients, 25% of all patients

1 9
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

656

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

639

prescriptions.

98

patients, 25% of all patients

2 1
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

586

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

581

prescriptions.

85

patients, 21% of all patients

3 38
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

473

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

473

prescriptions.

54

patients, 14% of all patients

P 4 58
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

451

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

436

prescriptions.

69

patients, 17% of all patients

5 25
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

434

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

434

prescriptions.

61

patients, 15% of all patients

6 35
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

373

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

355

prescriptions.

63

patients, 16% of all patients

7 7
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

327

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

66

patients, 17% of all patients

8 4
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

304

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

288

prescriptions.

53

patients, 13% of all patients

9 18
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, 2% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

53

patients, 13% of all patients

10 2
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

291

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

41

patients, 10% of all patients

11 21
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

285

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

46

patients, 12% of all patients

12 3
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

276

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

41

patients, 10% of all patients

13 28
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

268

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

39

patients, 10% of all patients

14 50
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

249

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

42

patients, 11% of all patients

15 10
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

220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

86

patients, 22% of all patients

16 39
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

211

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

17 19
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

P 18 72
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

190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

19 5
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

188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

20 6
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

186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

62

patients, 16% of all patients

21 23
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

22 31
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

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

23 22
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

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

24 17
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

25 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

30

patients, 8% of all patients

26 8
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

27 11
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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

28 102
MEGESTROL ACETATE

Megestrol tablets treat bre... +

Megestrol tablets treat breast and uterine cancer. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

R 29 226
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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

30 33
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

51

patients, 13% of all patients

30 59
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

32 14
PENTOXIFYLLINE

Treats problems from poor b... +

Treats problems from poor blood circulation by improving the flow of blood through blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

33 43
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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

34 40
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

35 12
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

35 127
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

37 20
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

38 88
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

87

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

39 29
SILVER SULFADIAZINE

Treats skin infections in p... +

Treats skin infections in patients with severe burns. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

46

patients, 12% of all patients

40 112
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

41 26
MEMANTINE HCL

Treats moderate to severe ... +

Treats moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

42 153
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

43 48
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

44 41
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

45 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 46 15
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN

Treats short-term, medium t... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

O 46 60
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

48 51
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

Treats psychotic mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

P 49 215
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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 50 70
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

51 32
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

51

patients, 13% of all patients

A 52 68
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

53 30
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

54 135
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) 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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 55 42
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH

Dexamethasone reduces the i... +

Dexamethasone reduces the irritation, redness, burning, and swelling of eye caused by chemicals, heat, radiation, infection, allergy, or foreign bodies in the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

36

patients, 9% of all patients

56 253
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 57 74
CEFUROXIME

Treats infections caused by... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

49

patients, 12% of all patients

A 58 214
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

46

patients, 12% of all patients

A 59 37
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 60 82
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.