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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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41,617Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 671 providers in this state and specialty

$2.39M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 671 providers in this state and specialty

824 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64% Patients 65 Years and Older

73% 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 Mississippi
lower than average

Antipsychotics

9% of this provider’s 529 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Antibiotics

29% of this provider’s 824 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 36%.

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Opioids

38% of this provider’s 824 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 22%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

51 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$2.12M

2014

$2.31M

2015

$2.39M

2016

Number of Claims

38,914

2014

41,970

2015

41,617

2016

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.

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,749

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

810

prescriptions.

230

patients, 28% of all patients

O 1 7
GABAPENTIN 1,493

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

806

prescriptions.

217

patients, 26% of all patients

2 8
OMEPRAZOLE 1,360

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

840

prescriptions.

203

patients, 25% of all patients

3 2
FUROSEMIDE 1,085

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

879

prescriptions.

134

patients, 16% of all patients

4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,078

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

764

prescriptions.

138

patients, 17% of all patients

5 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 879

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

573

prescriptions.

131

patients, 16% of all patients

6 5
LISINOPRIL 783

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

563

prescriptions.

116

patients, 14% of all patients

7 4
SIMVASTATIN 739

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

568

prescriptions.

99

patients, 12% of all patients

8 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 668

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

513

prescriptions.

104

patients, 13% of all patients

9 1
CARVEDILOL 658

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

509

prescriptions.

91

patients, 11% of all patients

10 13
DULOXETINE HCL 654

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

84

patients, 10% of all patients

11 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 607

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

497

prescriptions.

92

patients, 11% of all patients

12 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 532

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

373

prescriptions.

74

patients, 9% of all patients

13 12
RANITIDINE HCL 525

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

302

prescriptions.

76

patients, 9% of all patients

14 26
TRAMADOL HCL 502

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

71

patients, 9% of all patients

O 15 22
CLONAZEPAM 489

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

62

patients, 8% of all patients

16 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 465

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

67

patients, 8% of all patients

17 24
METFORMIN HCL ER 464

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

267

prescriptions.

63

patients, 8% of all patients

18 51
LYRICA 439

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

70

patients, 8% of all patients

19 52
CLOPIDOGREL 427

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

338

prescriptions.

66

patients, 8% of all patients

20 19
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 420

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

61

patients, 7% of all patients

21 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 404

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

61

patients, 7% of all patients

22 39
LORAZEPAM 386

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

67

patients, 8% of all patients

23 41
LOVASTATIN 384

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

64

patients, 8% of all patients

24 43
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 370

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

O 25 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 369

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

26 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 365

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

66

patients, 8% of all patients

27 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 362

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

54

patients, 7% of all patients

28 16
ALLOPURINOL 342

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

29 31
METFORMIN HCL 342

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

29 9
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 335

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

81

patients, 10% of all patients

31 36
TRAZODONE HCL 318

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

32 33
ALPRAZOLAM 314

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

33 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 313

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

299

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

34 29
MIRTAZAPINE 312

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

59

patients, 7% of all patients

35 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 305

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

36 27
NEXIUM 293

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

37 60
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 290

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

38 40
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 288

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

39 21
ROPINIROLE HCL 288

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

39 72
FLUOXETINE HCL 284

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

41 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL 283

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

42 28
TOPIRAMATE 280

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

43 127
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 277

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

44 65
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 265

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

45 14
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 260

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

P 46 47
MELOXICAM 253

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

47 15
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 252

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

48 50
TIZANIDINE HCL 246

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

49 48
LANTUS 241

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

50 89
BUSPIRONE HCL 239

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

51 86
SYMBICORT 235

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

52 97
FAMOTIDINE* 229

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

53 61
PROMETHAZINE HCL 222

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

54

patients, 7% of all patients

54 98
FENOFIBRATE* 214

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

55 93
SERTRALINE HCL 212

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

56 25
BACLOFEN 205

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

57 83
ARIPIPRAZOLE 202

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

P 58 148
JANUVIA 202

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

58 58
VENTOLIN HFA 195

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

60 66
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 190

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

61 74
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 189

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

62 44
SPIRONOLACTONE 187

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

63 53
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 184

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

64 137
CRESTOR 183

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

65 45
ESTRADIOL 181

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 26

patients, 3% of all patients

66 138
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 174

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

67 90
ELIQUIS 171

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

68 102
JANUMET 170

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

69 185
CLONIDINE HCL 169

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

70 42
IBUPROFEN 168

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

71 91
ATENOLOL 164

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

72 37
VALSARTAN 163

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

73 64
PAROXETINE HCL 162

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

74 70
PREDNISONE 156

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

75 46
VOLTAREN 153

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

76 154
FLUCONAZOLE 152

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

60

patients, 7% of all patients

77 99
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 150

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

78 175
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 148

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

79 23
LAMOTRIGINE 147

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

80 169
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

81 35
BUPROPION HCL SR 144

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

81 190
LEVETIRACETAM 140

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

83 87
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 139

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

84 63
SEROQUEL XR 133

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 15

patients, 2% of all patients

P 85 273
DIAZEPAM 129

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

86 80
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 127

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

87 71
ADVAIR DISKUS 123

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

88 135
BENAZEPRIL HCL 121

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

89 69
RISPERIDONE 118

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

P 90 76
PROAIR HFA 117

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

91 119
MECLIZINE HCL 117

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

91 77
DOXEPIN HCL 115

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

93 193
IRBESARTAN 114

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

94 176
DEXILANT 113

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

95 147
SPIRIVA 111

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

96 172
VERAPAMIL HCL 107

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

97 307
DIGOXIN 103

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

<11 98 100
LEVEMIR 103

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

98 136
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 101

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

100 133
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 100

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

101 84
NOVOLIN R 97

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

102 178
VERAPAMIL ER 97

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

102 146
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 96

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

104 157
MEMANTINE HCL 86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

105 56
AZELASTINE HCL 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

106 268
CLORAZEPATE DIPOTASSIUM 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

106 182
AZITHROMYCIN 84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

A 108 54
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

109 106
PROPRANOLOL HCL 80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

109 159
BENICAR HCT 78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 111 203
DICYCLOMINE HCL 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

112 141
CARISOPRODOL 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

112 194
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 114 101
ONDANSETRON HCL* 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

115 140
INDAPAMIDE 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 116 188
MOVANTIK 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

116 337
GLIPIZIDE ER 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

116 144
AMITIZA 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

116 168
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

116 139
TEMAZEPAM 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

121 95
INVOKANA 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

122 186
OXCARBAZEPINE 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

123 212
NAPROXEN 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

123 85
GLIMEPIRIDE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 125 32
WELCHOL 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

126 295
BENICAR 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 126 198
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 126 280
FINASTERIDE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

129 115
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 129 79
PREMARIN 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 131 290
OLANZAPINE 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 P 131 109
CEFTRIAXONE* 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

A 133 207
XARELTO 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 134 112
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

134 130
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 O 136 111
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 136 299
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 136 220
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 139 181
GLIPIZIDE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 140 67
LIDOCAINE HCL* 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

140 270
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 140 265
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

143 57
AMOXICILLIN 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

A 143 96
SANTYL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

143 272
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 146 104
TERAZOSIN HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 147 150
INSULIN SYRINGE* 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 147 320
VALACYCLOVIR 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 14

patients, 2% of all patients

147 314
VALPROIC ACID* 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 150 361
SYNTHROID 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 150 59
NOVOLIN 70-30 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 152 214
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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 Feb. 28, 2011.
  • 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.