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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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7,193Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 107

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 107

477 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
39% Patients 65 Years and Older

56% 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 Indiana
lower than average

Antipsychotics

17% of this provider’s 186 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

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

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

18% of this provider’s 186 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

42% of this provider’s 477 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$199 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $154 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$1.57M

2012

$1.85M

2013

$1.57M

2014

$1.43M

2015

Number of Claims

8,842

2012

10,728

2013

8,287

2014

7,193

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
SUBOXONE

Treats an addiction to or d... +

Treats an addiction to or dependence on narcotic medicine. Source: National Library of Medicine

701

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

129

patients, 27% of all patients

1 62
BUPRENORPHINE-NALOXONE 495

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

100

patients, 21% of all patients

10 2 84
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

312

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

75

patients, 16% of all patients

3 40
BUPRENORPHINE HCL 309

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

61

patients, 13% of all patients

O 10 4 100
PROPRANOLOL HCL

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), and certain types of tremor. Source: National Library of Medicine

251

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

69

patients, 14% of all patients

5 90
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

207

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

6 42
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

195

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

53

patients, 11% of all patients

7 53
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

8 27
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

9 67
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

10 25
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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

43

patients, 9% of all patients

P 11 60
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

47

patients, 10% of all patients

12 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

O 13 1
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

14 82
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

43

patients, 9% of all patients

O 15 48
BUTRANS 125

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

O 16 147
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

118

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

17 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

R 18 66
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

19 114
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

R 20 98
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

21 16
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

R 22 236
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

22 78
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

Treats schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

P 24 240
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

Morphine (extended release) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

O 25 158
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

P 26 201
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

27 59
ZONISAMIDE

Treats partial seizures in ... +

Treats partial seizures in adults with epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

27 117
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

29 3
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

P 30 143
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

O 31 45
NUVIGIL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 32 210
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

33 293
ONDANSETRON HCL*

Ondansetron is used to prev... +

Ondansetron is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

34 299
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 22, 2015.
  • 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.