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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,593Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 216

$309K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 46 out of 216

853 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

15% 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 Hawaii
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

27% of this provider’s 853 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 26%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

10% of this provider’s 793 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

19% of this provider’s 853 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $73 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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

$78.6K

2012

$78K

2013

$249K

2014

$309K

2015

Number of Claims

1,671

2012

1,698

2013

5,039

2014

6,593

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

607

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

585

prescriptions.

215

patients, 25% of all patients

1 1
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

337

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

316

prescriptions.

121

patients, 14% of all patients

2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

269

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

74

patients, 9% of all patients

O 3 12
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

224

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

87

patients, 10% of all patients

4 4
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

196

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

5 18
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

195

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

61

patients, 7% of all patients

6 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

181

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

65

patients, 8% of all patients

7 3
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

175

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

52

patients, 6% of all patients

8 5
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

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

55

patients, 6% of all patients

9 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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

59

patients, 7% of all patients

10 16
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

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

55

patients, 6% of all patients

11 11
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

12 17
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

134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

13 21
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

O 14 39
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

O 15 27
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

16 35
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

16 15
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

O 18 45
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

19 30
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

Morphine (extended release) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 O 19 59
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

19 26
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

22 42
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

22 19
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

24 25
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

25 10
K-TAB ER

Potassium supplements are t... +

Potassium supplements are taken to replace potassium losses and prevent potassium deficiency. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

25 137
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

27 22
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

51

patients, 6% of all patients

A 27 141
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

54

patients, 6% of all patients

A 27 29
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

30 53
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

A 31 149
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

31 28
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

33 63
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

R 33 41
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

35 205
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 Oct. 10, 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.