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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,349Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 118

$653K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 118

343 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82% Patients 65 Years and Older

43% 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 Vermont
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

23% of this provider’s 343 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 282 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

19% of this provider’s 343 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $74 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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

$552K

2012

$572K

2013

$598K

2014

$653K

2015

Number of Claims

8,780

2012

8,409

2013

8,091

2014

8,349

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
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

271

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

59

patients, 17% of all patients

1 6
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

266

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

67

patients, 20% of all patients

2 3
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

264

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

61

patients, 18% of all patients

3 4
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

237

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

4 9
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

225

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

51

patients, 15% of all patients

5 1
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

220

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

45

patients, 13% of all patients

6 7
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

213

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

52

patients, 15% of all patients

7 8
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

210

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

37

patients, 11% of all patients

8 2
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

195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

40

patients, 12% of all patients

9 11
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

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

38

patients, 11% of all patients

10 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

O 11 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

12 24
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 13 30
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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

14 12
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

O 14 36
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

16 13
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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

16 69
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

18 31
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

19 15
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

50

patients, 15% of all patients

20 26
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 O 21 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

22 67
FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

23 50
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

24 45
SUBOXONE

Treats an addiction to or d... +

Treats an addiction to or dependence on narcotic medicine. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 24 56
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

26 29
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

R 26 27
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

28 17
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

29 35
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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

30 23
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

31 28
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

32 22
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

33 51
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

34 20
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

35 60
MORPHINE SULFATE

Morphine is used to relieve... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 O 36 93
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

36 18
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

38 38
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

39 105
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

40 5
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

41 88
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

41 33
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 41 100
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

44 34
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

45 46
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 Dec. 18, 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.