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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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9,199Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 646 out of 2139

$527K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 760 out of 2139

453 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

8% 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 Ohio
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

34% of this provider’s 453 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 432 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

14% of this provider’s 453 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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

$411K

2012

$469K

2013

$501K

2014

$527K

2015

Number of Claims

7,650

2012

9,476

2013

9,456

2014

9,199

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
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

497

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

465

prescriptions.

94

patients, 21% of all patients

1 6
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

335

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

68

patients, 15% of all patients

2 9
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

333

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

317

prescriptions.

62

patients, 14% of all patients

3 18
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

299

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

58

patients, 13% of all patients

4 3
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

291

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

67

patients, 15% of all patients

5 7
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

283

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

55

patients, 12% of all patients

6 4
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

275

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

50

patients, 11% of all patients

7 24
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

263

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

57

patients, 13% of all patients

8 20
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

235

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

49

patients, 11% of all patients

9 2
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

218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

45

patients, 10% of all patients

10 8
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

216

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

50

patients, 11% of all patients

11 14
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

208

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

12 10
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

13 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

199

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

45

patients, 10% of all patients

14 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

15 115
SULINDAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, gout, or sore tendons. Source: National Library of Medicine

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

46

patients, 10% of all patients

16 322
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

O 17 17
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

18 23
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

18 120
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

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

20 5
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

21 134
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

22 27
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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

23 16
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

24 19
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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

25 22
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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

26 13
NIFEDICAL XL

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

27 287
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

28 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

29 15
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

O 30 21
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM

Liothyronine, a thyroid hor... +

Liothyronine, 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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

31 302
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

O 32 34
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.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

33 12
LANSOPRAZOLE

Treats stomach ulcers, gast... +

Treats stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

34 132
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

35 142
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

52

patients, 11% of all patients

A 36 46
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

Used with proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

37 174
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 38 31
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 39 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

A 39 60
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

41 55
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 Nov. 20, 2007.
  • 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.