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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,624Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 222

$539K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 222

480 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70% Patients 65 Years and Older

69% 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

22% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 335 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 11%.

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Opioids

21% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $104 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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

$208K

2012

$246K

2013

$391K

2014

$539K

2015

Number of Claims

4,336

2012

5,645

2013

7,578

2014

9,624

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

533

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

430

prescriptions.

96

patients, 20% of all patients

1 1
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

509

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

377

prescriptions.

93

patients, 19% of all patients

2 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

505

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

363

prescriptions.

95

patients, 20% of all patients

3 4
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

338

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

71

patients, 15% of all patients

4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

296

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

67

patients, 14% of all patients

O 5 3
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

292

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

59

patients, 12% of all patients

6 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

282

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

54

patients, 11% of all patients

7 21
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

260

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

8 8
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

9 26
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

10 13
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

11 41
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

171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

12 9
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

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

13 18
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

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

14 23
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

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

15 19
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

16 7
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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

17 17
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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

18 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

19 11
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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

20 29
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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

21 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

22 24
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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

23 22
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

24 12
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

46

patients, 10% of all patients

25 37
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

26 33
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

27 25
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

28 62
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

53

patients, 11% of all patients

29 14
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

30 92
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

31 81
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

Used with proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

32 128
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

33 38
KLOR-CON M20

Potassium is essential for ... +

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

34 91
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

34 30
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used 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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

36 73
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

37 27
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 38 86
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 39 47
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

39 51
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

41 106
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

42 80
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 42 46
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

44 20
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 45 69
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

O 46 16
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

47 40
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 47 44
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 Sept. 7, 2010.
  • 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.