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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,228Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 286 out of 948

$348K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 412 out of 948

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

71% 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 Arizona
lower than average

Antipsychotics

6% of this provider’s 304 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Antibiotics

27% of this provider’s 386 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

12% of this provider’s 304 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 11%.

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Opioids

35% of this provider’s 386 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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

2012

$143K

2013

$261K

2014

$348K

2015

Number of Claims

2012

2,801

2013

5,144

2014

7,228

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
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

440

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

336

prescriptions.

54

patients, 14% of all patients

1 4
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

276

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

78

patients, 20% of all patients

2 2
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

243

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

O 3 36
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

201

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

45

patients, 12% of all patients

4 1
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

188

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

5 25
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

187

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

51

patients, 13% of all patients

6 10
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

185

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

42

patients, 11% of all patients

7 11
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

8 43
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

127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

9 14
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

124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

P 10 62
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

11 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

12 5
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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

13 7
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

14 29
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

38

patients, 10% of all patients

O 15 30
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

O 16 23
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

17 9
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

17 19
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

19 6
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 P 20 341
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

36

patients, 9% of all patients

O 21 13
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

22 17
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

23 15
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

24 41
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

24 27
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

26 12
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

27 33
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

28 20
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

29 46
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

30 3
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 31 153
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 32 55
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

33 54
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

33 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

33 18
NUEDEXTA

Used to treat pseudobulbar ... +

Used to treat pseudobulbar affect (PBA; a condition of sudden, frequent outbursts of crying or laughing that can not be controlled) in people with certain conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease; condition in which the nerves that control muscle movement slowly die, causing the muscles to shrink and weaken) or multiple sclerosis (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). Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 36 191
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

37 121
RIVASTIGMINE*

Used to treat mild to moder... +

Used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss and mental changes) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 37 388
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

39 26
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 40 100
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

41 16
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

42 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

42 21
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 42 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 Dec. 15, 2014.
  • 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.