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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,114Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 76

$1.7M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 76

1,227 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

13% 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

0% of this provider’s 1,160 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

6% of this provider’s 1,227 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 16%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

2% of this provider’s 1,160 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

6% of this provider’s 1,227 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$106 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $243 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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

$870K

2012

$1.25M

2013

$1.57M

2014

$1.7M

2015

Number of Claims

12,742

2012

14,299

2013

15,692

2014

16,114

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
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

2,036

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

1,919

prescriptions.

402

patients, 33% of all patients

10 1 13
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

2,023

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

1,865

prescriptions.

429

patients, 35% of all patients

10 2 10
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,527

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

1,471

prescriptions.

320

patients, 26% of all patients

10 3 16
METHOTREXATE

Treats several kinds of can... +

Treats several kinds of cancer, including cancer of the blood, bone, lung, breast, head, or neck. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,465

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

1,368

prescriptions.

242

patients, 20% of all patients

4 20
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of drugs called antimalarials. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,038

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

913

prescriptions.

185

patients, 15% of all patients

5 32
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

746

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

664

prescriptions.

143

patients, 12% of all patients

6 19
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

638

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

627

prescriptions.

121

patients, 10% of all patients

7 22
RALOXIFENE HCL

Raloxifene is used to preve... +

Raloxifene is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (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). Source: National Library of Medicine

493

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

474

prescriptions.

103

patients, 8% of all patients

8 18
SULFASALAZINE DR 368

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

354

prescriptions.

78

patients, 6% of all patients

10 9 77
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

292

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

59

patients, 5% of all patients

10 90
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

290

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

63

patients, 5% of all patients

11 7
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

258

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

50

patients, 4% of all patients

12 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

256

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

13 1
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

208

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

14 17
COLCRYS

Used to prevent gout attack... +

Used to prevent gout attacks (sudden, severe pain in one or more joints caused by abnormally high levels of a substance called uric acid in the blood) in adults, and to relieve the pain of gout attacks when they occur. Source: National Library of Medicine

207

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

15 64
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

202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

16 70
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

17 110
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

18 69
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

19 118
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL

Used with other medications... +

Used with other medications to help prevent transplant organ rejection (attack of the transplanted organ by the immune system of the person receiving the organ) in people who have received organ transplants. Source: National Library of Medicine

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

20 130
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

O 21 55
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

22 8
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

Treats rheumatoid arthritis in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

23 148
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

65

patients, 5% of all patients

24 158
COLCHICINE

Prevent or treat attacks of... +

Prevent or treat attacks of gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

25 105
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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

26 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

27 45
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

28 11
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

29 4
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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

30 112
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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

30 2
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

32 12
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

33 42
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

78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

34 34
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

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

35 3
CELEBREX

Treats pain, including pain... +

Treats pain, including pain caused by arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) in children and adults, ankylosing spondylitis, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

36 186
CYCLOSPORINE MODIFIED 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

37 206
PILOCARPINE HCL

Pilocarpine is used to trea... +

Pilocarpine is used to treat dry mouth caused by radiotherapy in people with head and neck cancer and to treat dry mouth in people with Sjogren's syndrome (a condition that affects the immune system and causes dryness of certain parts of the body such as the eyes and mouth). Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

37 139
RISEDRONATE SODIUM 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

39 217
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 40 9
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 2, 2016.
  • 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.