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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,753Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 1539

$680K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 47 out of 1539

639 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69% Patients 65 Years and Older

2% 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 Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 439 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Antibiotics

29% of this provider’s 639 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 37%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

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

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Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$27 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $37 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$554K

2012

$575K

2013

$694K

2014

$680K

2015

Number of Claims

21,372

2012

19,320

2013

24,755

2014

24,753

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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O

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
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

1,825

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,377

prescriptions.

230

patients, 36% of all patients

1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

1,234

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

809

prescriptions.

181

patients, 28% of all patients

2 8
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,222

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

851

prescriptions.

206

patients, 32% of all patients

3 4
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

1,184

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

905

prescriptions.

179

patients, 28% of all patients

4 1
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

1,129

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

770

prescriptions.

164

patients, 26% of all patients

5 3
PENTOXIFYLLINE

Treats problems from poor b... +

Treats problems from poor blood circulation by improving the flow of blood through blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,048

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

841

prescriptions.

150

patients, 23% of all patients

10 6 43
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

1,015

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

839

prescriptions.

124

patients, 19% of all patients

7 10
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

999

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

765

prescriptions.

133

patients, 21% of all patients

8 80
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

965

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

725

prescriptions.

140

patients, 22% of all patients

9 5
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

Enalapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

902

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

586

prescriptions.

126

patients, 20% of all patients

10 6
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

889

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

662

prescriptions.

121

patients, 19% of all patients

11 7
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

820

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

595

prescriptions.

95

patients, 15% of all patients

12 11
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

696

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

609

prescriptions.

94

patients, 15% of all patients

13 12
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

678

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

565

prescriptions.

109

patients, 17% of all patients

14 9
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

567

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

424

prescriptions.

72

patients, 11% of all patients

15 14
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

512

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

380

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

16 20
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

464

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

368

prescriptions.

63

patients, 10% of all patients

17 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

461

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

371

prescriptions.

71

patients, 11% of all patients

18 15
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

397

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

19 13
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE

This combination medication... +

This combination medication is used to treat a variety of inflamed fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. Source: National Library of Medicine

369

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

102

patients, 16% of all patients

20 39
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

323

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

21 30
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

319

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

49

patients, 8% of all patients

22 17
HUMULIN N

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

264

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

23 57
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

220

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

24 21
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

213

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

25 73
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

201

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

26 34
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

201

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

152

patients, 24% of all patients

26 62
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

200

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

28 19
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

189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

29 29
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

142

patients, 22% of all patients

30 59
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

30 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

32 49
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

33 44
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

Used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

34 36
MONOJECT INSULIN SYRINGE* 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

10 35 247
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

36 91
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) 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

122

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

37 42
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

120

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

38 25
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

39 109
CILOSTAZOL

Treats a circulation proble... +

Treats a circulation problem in which too little blood flows into your leg muscles (intermittent claudication). Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

39 54
SURE COMFORT* 116

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

41 107
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

42 79
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

113

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

42 22
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

109

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

44 32
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

107

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

45 88
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

Verapamil is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

46 53
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

94

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

47 51
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

48 78
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

85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

49 63
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

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

50 67
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

70

patients, 11% of all patients

51 46
SULINDAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

52 61
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

53 180
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

54 41
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

A 55 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 56 40
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 57 86
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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

58 26
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

A 59 163
SURE COMFORT* 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

59 100
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, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

A 61 45
HUMULIN 70-30

Insulin injection is used t... +

Insulin injection is used to control blood sugar in people who have type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not make insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or in people who have type 2 diabetes (condition in which the blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally) that cannot be controlled with oral medications alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 62 47
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 Sept. 25, 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.