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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,741Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 183

$495K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 183

353 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79% Patients 65 Years and Older

60% 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 West Virginia
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 353 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 33%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 278 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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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

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

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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

$345K

2012

$327K

2013

$489K

2014

$495K

2015

Number of Claims

5,688

2012

5,035

2013

7,485

2014

7,741

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
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

462

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

330

prescriptions.

94

patients, 27% of all patients

1 2
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

381

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

342

prescriptions.

65

patients, 18% of all patients

2 8
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

362

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

315

prescriptions.

61

patients, 17% of all patients

3 1
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

260

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

57

patients, 16% of all patients

4 6
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

253

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

52

patients, 15% of all patients

5 12
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

241

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

46

patients, 13% of all patients

6 7
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

200

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

35

patients, 10% of all patients

7 9
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

198

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

40

patients, 11% of all patients

8 3
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

192

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

34

patients, 10% of all patients

9 39
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

149

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

10 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

147

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

11 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

31

patients, 9% of all patients

12 5
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

123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

13 24
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

14 4
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

37

patients, 10% of all patients

15 28
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

16 21
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

17 10
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

18 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

19 20
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

20 38
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

21 27
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

22 29
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

22 73
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

24 19
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

24 11
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

26 14
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

27 52
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

61

patients, 17% of all patients

A 28 101
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

29 25
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

30 83
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 31 15
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

32 140
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

32 33
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

34 30
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

35 22
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

36 13
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

36 16
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

36 32
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 39 70
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 40 196
KLOR-CON 10

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 40 196
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 40 85
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 40 23
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

47

prescriptions.

<11 44 41
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

44 71
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 44 202
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 44 87
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

48 66
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 Aug. 29, 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.