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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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41,107Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 1095 providers in this state and specialty

$2.82M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 1095 providers in this state and specialty

1,099 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71% Patients 65 Years and Older

75% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

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Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
higher than average Average for
this specialty
in Massachusetts
lower than average

Antipsychotics

4% of this provider’s 776 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

25% of this provider’s 1,099 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

20% of this provider’s 1,099 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$2.93M

2014

$2.82M

2015

$2.82M

2016

Number of Claims

41,888

2014

41,081

2015

41,107

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
LISINOPRIL 1,693

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

1,336

prescriptions.

253

patients, 23% of all patients

1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,577

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

1,230

prescriptions.

243

patients, 22% of all patients

2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 1,393

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

986

prescriptions.

233

patients, 21% of all patients

3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,248

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

1,067

prescriptions.

185

patients, 17% of all patients

4 6
SIMVASTATIN 1,218

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

1,005

prescriptions.

185

patients, 17% of all patients

5 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,214

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

936

prescriptions.

181

patients, 16% of all patients

6 4
GABAPENTIN 1,141

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

669

prescriptions.

222

patients, 20% of all patients

7 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 817

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

644

prescriptions.

141

patients, 13% of all patients

8 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 714

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

538

prescriptions.

108

patients, 10% of all patients

9 18
FUROSEMIDE 707

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

594

prescriptions.

114

patients, 10% of all patients

10 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 692

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

589

prescriptions.

101

patients, 9% of all patients

11 14
METFORMIN HCL ER 684

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

511

prescriptions.

121

patients, 11% of all patients

12 37
JANUVIA 633

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

516

prescriptions.

85

patients, 8% of all patients

13 63
ATENOLOL 616

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

558

prescriptions.

90

patients, 8% of all patients

14 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 588

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

539

prescriptions.

91

patients, 8% of all patients

15 15
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 524

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

359

prescriptions.

78

patients, 7% of all patients

16 58
METFORMIN HCL 488

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

411

prescriptions.

90

patients, 8% of all patients

17 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 484

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

416

prescriptions.

73

patients, 7% of all patients

18 49
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 482

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

331

prescriptions.

109

patients, 10% of all patients

O 19 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 471

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

317

prescriptions.

69

patients, 6% of all patients

20 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 452

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

174

patients, 16% of all patients

21 22
SERTRALINE HCL 447

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

74

patients, 7% of all patients

22 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 419

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

61

patients, 6% of all patients

23 19
MECLIZINE HCL 410

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

339

prescriptions.

89

patients, 8% of all patients

24 102
LORAZEPAM 374

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

90

patients, 8% of all patients

25 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 373

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

319

prescriptions.

61

patients, 6% of all patients

26 23
CELECOXIB 366

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

91

patients, 8% of all patients

27 96
CRESTOR 363

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

277

prescriptions.

85

patients, 8% of all patients

28 62
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 350

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

267

prescriptions.

46

patients, 4% of all patients

29 68
DULOXETINE HCL 329

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

48

patients, 4% of all patients

30 50
TERAZOSIN HCL 327

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

52

patients, 5% of all patients

31 77
TRAZODONE HCL 319

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

267

prescriptions.

62

patients, 6% of all patients

32 16
ALLOPURINOL 307

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

50

patients, 5% of all patients

33 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 307

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

267

prescriptions.

83

patients, 8% of all patients

33 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 297

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

284

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

35 41
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 279

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

36 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 273

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

56

patients, 5% of all patients

37 45
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 272

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

38 134
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 262

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

47

patients, 4% of all patients

39 7
FENOFIBRATE* 261

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

40 138
ADVAIR DISKUS 260

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

48

patients, 4% of all patients

41 54
PROAIR HFA 258

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

98

patients, 9% of all patients

42 35
CLONAZEPAM 255

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

43 30
MIRTAZAPINE 253

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

61

patients, 6% of all patients

44 36
CLOPIDOGREL 240

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

45 43
CARVEDILOL 234

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

46 55
TOPIRAMATE 234

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

46 113
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 225

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

59

patients, 5% of all patients

48 108
WARFARIN SODIUM 220

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

49 13
LYRICA 207

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

50 118
ALPRAZOLAM 194

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

51 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 190

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

52 33
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 186

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

53 92
ZETIA 176

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

54 126
TRAMADOL HCL 174

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

62

patients, 6% of all patients

O 55 26
QUINAPRIL HCL 172

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

56 128
NAPROXEN 170

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

64

patients, 6% of all patients

57 78
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 165

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

58 66
LIDOCAINE 164

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

52

patients, 5% of all patients

59 90
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 156

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

60 51
SPIRIVA 155

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

61 64
TIZANIDINE HCL 153

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

62 97
PREDNISONE 151

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

88

patients, 8% of all patients

63 39
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 149

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

64 70
FENOFIBRATE* 149

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

64 156
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 148

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

P 66 47
SYMBICORT 147

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

67 80
DEXILANT 146

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

68 137
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 146

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

68 48
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT 141

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

70 206
XARELTO 134

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

71 88
TRADJENTA 131

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

72 159
INVOKANA 129

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

73 240
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 127

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

74 86
LAMOTRIGINE 126

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

75 105
IBUPROFEN 125

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

47

patients, 4% of all patients

76 34
PROPRANOLOL HCL 125

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

76 155
FENOFIBRATE* 123

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

78 93
VENTOLIN HFA 122

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

59

patients, 5% of all patients

79 52
CILOSTAZOL 121

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

80 247
PRADAXA 113

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

81 165
VERAPAMIL ER 111

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

82 142
FLUOXETINE HCL 110

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

83 38
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

84 104
NIFEDIPINE ER 108

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

85 109
PAROXETINE HCL 97

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

86 59
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 97

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

86 229
DIGOXIN 96

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

88 112
CHLORTHALIDONE 96

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

88 75
IRBESARTAN 89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

90 171
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

91 81
DIAZEPAM 87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

91 79
VALSARTAN 86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

93 65
ELIQUIS 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

94 157
PROPRANOLOL HCL ER 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

94 208
REPAGLINIDE 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

96 222
AZELASTINE HCL 82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

97 197
NEXIUM 82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

97 167
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

99 116
RALOXIFENE HCL 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

99 150
MOMETASONE FUROATE 80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

101 236
FINASTERIDE 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

102 56
NYSTATIN 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

56

patients, 5% of all patients

102 117
JANTOVEN 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

102 115
LEVOFLOXACIN 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

72

patients, 7% of all patients

A 102 122
HYDROCORTISONE 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

106 273
ROPINIROLE HCL 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

107 111
BUPROPION HCL SR 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

108 94
LACTULOSE 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

108 106
KETOCONAZOLE 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

110 187
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

111 74
NABUMETONE 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

112 200
RAMIPRIL 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

113 232
AMITIZA 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

113 280
LOVASTATIN 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

113 44
NOVOFINE 32 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

113 280
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

117 236
LANTUS 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

117 53
AZITHROMYCIN 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

62

patients, 6% of all patients

A 119 72
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

O 120 32
VOLTAREN 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

121 227
VESICARE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 122 161
MEMANTINE HCL 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 123 82
NIFEDICAL XL 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

124 184
NITROSTAT 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

46

patients, 4% of all patients

124 297
ONDANSETRON HCL* 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

126 154
SYNTHROID 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 126 113
NAMENDA XR 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 128 57
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 128 170
FARXIGA 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 130 306
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

130 127
RANITIDINE HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

132 27
HYDROXYZINE HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

132 258
NOVOLOG 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

132 147
NYSTOP 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

135 151
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

136 314
CALCITRIOL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

136 259
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 136 91
INSULIN SYRINGE* 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 136 180
OXYCONTIN 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 O 140 89
GLIPIZIDE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 140 46
LINZESS 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

140 199
CEFUROXIME 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

A 143 212
LEVEMIR 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 143 244
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

143 257
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 143 61
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

A 143 120
ARIPIPRAZOLE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 P 143 130
GEMFIBROZIL 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 149 171
NATEGLINIDE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 150 337
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

150 87
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 Jan. 26, 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.