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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,880Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 143

$3.74M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 143

1,139 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77% Patients 65 Years and Older

37% 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 North Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 872 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

2% of this provider’s 1,139 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

1% of this provider’s 872 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 48%.

Prescription Price

$198 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $221 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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

$2M

2012

$2.59M

2013

$3.41M

2014

$3.74M

2015

Number of Claims

15,484

2012

18,101

2013

19,412

2014

18,880

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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O

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
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

2,422

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

1,922

prescriptions.

371

patients, 33% of all patients

1 2
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

832

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

635

prescriptions.

165

patients, 14% of all patients

10 2 19
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

776

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

574

prescriptions.

201

patients, 18% of all patients

10 3 3
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

642

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

480

prescriptions.

136

patients, 12% of all patients

4 16
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

597

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

455

prescriptions.

133

patients, 12% of all patients

5 13
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

551

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

402

prescriptions.

165

patients, 14% of all patients

6 6
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

515

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

382

prescriptions.

112

patients, 10% of all patients

7 4
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

508

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

402

prescriptions.

118

patients, 10% of all patients

8 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

472

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

368

prescriptions.

95

patients, 8% of all patients

9 7
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

405

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

317

prescriptions.

102

patients, 9% of all patients

10 10 14
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

396

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

314

prescriptions.

85

patients, 7% of all patients

11 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

377

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

262

prescriptions.

75

patients, 7% of all patients

12 24
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

368

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

336

prescriptions.

67

patients, 6% of all patients

13 20
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

356

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

77

patients, 7% of all patients

14 18
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

337

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

67

patients, 6% of all patients

15 26
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

331

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

75

patients, 7% of all patients

16 9
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

326

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

72

patients, 6% of all patients

17 1
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

322

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

59

patients, 5% of all patients

18 43
INVOKANA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

308

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

63

patients, 6% of all patients

19 15
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

280

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

73

patients, 6% of all patients

20 17
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

236

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

21 62
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

22 25
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

23 27
GLIPIZIDE ER

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

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

24 29
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

25 103
VYTORIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

26 84
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

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

27 30
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

28 41
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

29 48
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

30 8
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

31 34
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

32 21
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

33 22
HYDROCORTISONE

Hydrocortisone provides rel... +

Hydrocortisone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

34 36
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

Treats low testosterone levels when your body does not produce enough natural testosterone. Source: National Library of Medicine

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

35 97
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

36 105
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

37 101
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

37 37
INVOKAMET 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

10 39 112
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

40 12
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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

41 28
BYDUREON 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

42 140
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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

43 31
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

43 78
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

45 54
VICTOZA 3-PAK

Used to treat a type of dia... +

Used to treat a type of diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) called type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

46 11
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

47 103
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

48 114
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

49 96
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

49 102
TRIBENZOR 90

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

51 120
JENTADUETO 84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

52 145
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

83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

53 42
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

54 117
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

55 53
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

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

56 61
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

73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 57 62
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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

58 32
HUMULIN R U-500 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

58 44
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE

Replaces certain hormones w... +

Replaces certain hormones when the body does not make enough, such as in Addison's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

60 162
FENOFIBRIC ACID*

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 61 164
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

Treats hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland). Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

62 10
BYDUREON PEN 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

62 70
UNIFINE PENTIPS

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

64 131
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

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

65 116
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

66 175
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 67 88
JANUMET XR

This combination is used to... +

This combination is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 68 118
HUMULIN N

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

69 97
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 June 30, 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.