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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,973Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 66 out of 155

$373K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 88 out of 155

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

95% 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 Florida
lower than average

Antipsychotics

14% of this provider’s 140 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Antibiotics

22% of this provider’s 217 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 28%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

35% of this provider’s 217 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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

$335K

2012

$304K

2013

$335K

2014

$373K

2015

Number of Claims

5,588

2012

8,851

2013

8,659

2014

8,973

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
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

1,078

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

309

prescriptions.

30

patients, 14% of all patients

1 1
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

307

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

19

patients, 9% of all patients

2 85
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

291

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

<11 P 3 57
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

259

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

19

patients, 9% of all patients

4 82
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

239

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

23

patients, 11% of all patients

5 4
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

233

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

23

patients, 11% of all patients

6 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

194

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

7 56
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

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 8 55
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

<11 9 6
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

41

patients, 19% of all patients

O 10 81
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 11 52
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

146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 12 24
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

Treats psychotic mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 P 13 120
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

17

patients, 8% of all patients

14 14
PREVACID 139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 10 15 225
CARBATROL 136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 10 16 227
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

28

patients, 13% of all patients

17 11
METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to reliev... +

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

35

patients, 16% of all patients

O 17 172
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

19 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

17

patients, 8% of all patients

20 123
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 21 252
AMITIZA

Treats certain types of lon... +

Treats certain types of long-term constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 22 193
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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

22 9
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

20

patients, 9% of all patients

24 33
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 25 40
GLYCOPYRROLATE 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 26 265
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

21

patients, 10% of all patients

27 28
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

28 7
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 29 27
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 30 3
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

<11 31 20
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 32 34
CARBAMAZEPINE ER

Treats certain types of se... +

Treats certain types of seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 33 283
THIORIDAZINE HCL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 P R 34 284
NITROFURANTOIN

Treats or prevents urinary ... +

Treats or prevents urinary tract infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 A R 35 240
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL

Metoclopramide is used to r... +

Metoclopramide is used to relieve heartburn and speed the healing of ulcers and sores in the esophagus (tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) in people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD; condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the esophagus) that did not get better with other treatments. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 36 166
VALPROIC ACID*

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 37 295
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 37 98
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 37 207
SUCRALFATE

Treats ulcers and other sto... +

Treats ulcers and other stomach problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 37 161
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 P 41 36
PHENOBARBITAL

Used to control seizures. P... +

Used to control seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 R 42 247
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 42 42
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 44 2
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

23

patients, 11% of all patients

45 73
OXCARBAZEPINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 46 311
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 47 84
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 48 30
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 49 75
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

49 32
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE

Treats gingivitis (swelling... +

Treats gingivitis (swelling of the gums) and other problems of the mouth and gums. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

51 255
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 A 52 333
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 3, 2012.
  • 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.