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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,917Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 399

$851K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 399

314 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older

93% 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 Connecticut
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

33% of this provider’s 314 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 26%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

23% of this provider’s 281 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

12% of this provider’s 314 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$86 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $76 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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

$710K

2012

$772K

2013

$849K

2014

$851K

2015

Number of Claims

9,458

2012

10,667

2013

10,509

2014

9,917

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

420

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

378

prescriptions.

61

patients, 19% of all patients

1 4
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

340

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

335

prescriptions.

44

patients, 14% of all patients

2 63
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

314

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

297

prescriptions.

39

patients, 12% of all patients

3 7
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

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

311

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

306

prescriptions.

49

patients, 16% of all patients

4 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

299

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

38

patients, 12% of all patients

5 1
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

251

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

6 10
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

242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

38

patients, 12% of all patients

7 57
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

234

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

30

patients, 10% of all patients

8 2
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

28

patients, 9% of all patients

9 23
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

24

patients, 8% of all patients

10 5
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

172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

27

patients, 9% of all patients

11 8
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

166

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

12 65
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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

13 9
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

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

14 11
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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

28

patients, 9% of all patients

15 134
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

16 6
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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

21

patients, 7% of all patients

17 20
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

18 3
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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

19 18
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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

31

patients, 10% of all patients

R 20 26
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

21 46
DEXILANT

Treats erosive esophagitis,... +

Treats erosive esophagitis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

22 93
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

23 44
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

97

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

23 29
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

25 35
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

26 59
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

<11 26 13
AMLODIPINE-VALSARTAN

This combination of medicin... +

This combination of medicines are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

28 207
DIOVAN

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

29 211
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

<11 29 76
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

<11 31 45
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

32 14
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

33 21
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

34 12
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

<11 35 100
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

36 56
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

<11 37 48
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

O 38 25
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

39 27
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 40 73
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

41 61
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 42 32
EXELON

Rivastigmine is used to tre... +

Rivastigmine is used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 43 122
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

36

patients, 11% of all patients

44 80
EXFORGE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 45 242
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 46 249
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 47 75
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

47 108
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 49 49
AMLODIPINE-VALSARTAN-HCTZ 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

50 257
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 50 19
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 50 39
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 50 43
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 50 52
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

35

patients, 11% of all patients

A 55 124
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.