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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,925Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 103

$802K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 103

2,417 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older

28% 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 Kentucky
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 2,070 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Antibiotics

1% of this provider’s 2,417 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 2,070 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 2,417 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $226 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 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

$256K

2012

$467K

2013

$674K

2014

$802K

2015

Number of Claims

6,038

2012

10,827

2013

15,004

2014

15,925

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
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

1,201

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

975

prescriptions.

300

patients, 12% of all patients

1 11
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

1,109

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

944

prescriptions.

345

patients, 14% of all patients

2 18
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

848

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

752

prescriptions.

194

patients, 8% of all patients

3 4
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

762

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

632

prescriptions.

184

patients, 8% of all patients

4 9
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

757

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

578

prescriptions.

172

patients, 7% of all patients

5 15
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

724

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

611

prescriptions.

206

patients, 9% of all patients

6 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

717

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

651

prescriptions.

175

patients, 7% of all patients

7 14
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

711

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

570

prescriptions.

198

patients, 8% of all patients

8 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

600

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

487

prescriptions.

167

patients, 7% of all patients

9 5
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

578

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

427

prescriptions.

137

patients, 6% of all patients

10 22
SOTALOL

Treats an irregular heartbe... +

Treats an irregular heartbeat. Source: National Library of Medicine

567

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

523

prescriptions.

131

patients, 5% of all patients

11 37
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

Treats certain heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation). Source: National Library of Medicine

443

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

393

prescriptions.

122

patients, 5% of all patients

R 12 57
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

440

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

401

prescriptions.

104

patients, 4% of all patients

13 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

432

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

335

prescriptions.

103

patients, 4% of all patients

14 20
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

387

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

343

prescriptions.

95

patients, 4% of all patients

15 16
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

Digox (digoxin) is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Source: National Library of Medicine

305

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

80

patients, 3% of all patients

R 16 94
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

71

patients, 3% of all patients

17 8
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

Treats or prevents angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

241

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

155

patients, 6% of all patients

18 40
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

236

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

63

patients, 3% of all patients

19 12
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

212

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

54

patients, 2% of all patients

20 79
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

205

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

61

patients, 3% of all patients

21 13
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH

Prevents chest pain (angina... +

Prevents chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

48

patients, 2% of all patients

22 118
XARELTO

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung). Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

41

patients, 2% of all patients

23 80
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

Treats or prevents angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

41

patients, 2% of all patients

24 53
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

46

patients, 2% of all patients

25 94
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

46

patients, 2% of all patients

26 101
ELIQUIS

Used to help prevent stroke... +

Used to help prevent strokes or blood clots in people who have atrial fibrillation (a condition in which the heart beats irregularly, increasing the chance of clots forming in the body and possibly causing strokes) that is not caused by heart valve disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

44

patients, 2% of all patients

27 70
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

36

patients, 1% of all patients

28 81
DIGITEK

Treats congestive heart fai... +

Treats congestive heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

33

patients, 1% of all patients

R 29 134
PRADAXA

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung) in patients who have been treated with an injectable anticoagulant (''blood thinner''). Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

30 105
CARTIA XT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

32

patients, 1% of all patients

31 147
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

24

patients, 1% of all patients

32 114
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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

27

patients, 1% of all patients

32 123
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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

30

patients, 1% of all patients

34 116
AMIODARONE HCL

Amiodarone is used to treat... +

Amiodarone is used to treat and prevent certain types of serious, life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (a certain type of abnormal heart rhythm when other medications did not help or could not be tolerated. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

30

patients, 1% of all patients

35 69
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

Verapamil is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

36 164
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

25

patients, 1% of all patients

37 26
DILTIAZEM HCL

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

24

patients, 1% of all patients

38 178
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

39 180
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

40 188
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

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

41 112
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

42 64
CILOSTAZOL

Treats a circulation proble... +

Treats a circulation problem in which too little blood flows into your leg muscles (intermittent claudication). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

43 146
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

44 214
EFFIENT

Used to prevent strokes, he... +

Used to prevent strokes, heart attacks, or other serious problems with your heart or blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

45 142
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

46 91
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

47 17
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

47 77
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 Nov. 21, 2014.
  • 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.