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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,239Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 110

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 110

257 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81% Patients 65 Years and Older

99% 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 Massachusetts
lower than average

Antipsychotics

19% of this provider’s 207 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 15%.

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Antibiotics

31% of this provider’s 257 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 207 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

36% of this provider’s 257 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$94 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

48 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 28.


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

$468

2012

$759K

2013

$791K

2014

$1.15M

2015

Number of Claims

16,831

2012

14,744

2013

12,488

2014

12,239

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
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

519

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

376

prescriptions.

65

patients, 25% of all patients

1 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

498

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

409

prescriptions.

64

patients, 25% of all patients

2 7
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

387

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

292

prescriptions.

48

patients, 19% of all patients

3 10
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

372

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

313

prescriptions.

45

patients, 18% of all patients

4 3
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

357

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

301

prescriptions.

42

patients, 16% of all patients

5 9
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

310

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

45

patients, 18% of all patients

6 2
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

291

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

42

patients, 16% of all patients

7 8
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

280

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

37

patients, 14% of all patients

8 11
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

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

27

patients, 11% of all patients

9 14
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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

10 1
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

179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

22

patients, 9% of all patients

11 12
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

176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

20

patients, 8% of all patients

12 21
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

176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

25

patients, 10% of all patients

12 4
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

171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

14 38
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

163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

20

patients, 8% of all patients

15 33
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

35

patients, 14% of all patients

16 76
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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

22

patients, 9% of all patients

17 6
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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

17 41
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

19 64
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

20 15
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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

23

patients, 9% of all patients

21 42
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

32

patients, 12% of all patients

22 52
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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

40

patients, 16% of all patients

22 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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

24 29
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

34

patients, 13% of all patients

25 61
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

26 18
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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

<11 27 17
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

22

patients, 9% of all patients

28 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

34

patients, 13% of all patients

29 47
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

30

patients, 12% of all patients

O 30 58
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

30 35
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

26

patients, 10% of all patients

32 32
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

33 65
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

P 34 28
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

34 34
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

<11 36 93
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

O 37 213
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

<11 38 54
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

39 67
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

P 39 20
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

34

patients, 13% of all patients

39 39
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

39 60
LABETALOL HCL

Labetalol is used to treat ... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 43 87
GLIPIZIDE XL

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 43 200
TRAMADOL HCL ER 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

O 45 252
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

46 30
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 47 23
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 48 62
ULTICARE* 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

49 264
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

50 43
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

51 22
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 52 103
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole 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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 53 121
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 54 25
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 55 79
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 P 56 24
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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 57 27
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 57 59
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 57 119
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

O 60 138
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 60 88
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 62 234
NIFEDICAL XL

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 62 222
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 4, 2013.
  • 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.