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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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43,345Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills
$2.75M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions
889 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72% Patients 65 Years and Older

81% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income 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

$2.33M

2014

$2.53M

2015

$2.75M

2016

Number of Claims

39,723

2014

41,478

2015

43,345

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.

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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.

Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,634

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

1,144

prescriptions.

278

patients, 31% of all patients

LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,243

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

966

prescriptions.

143

patients, 16% of all patients

FUROSEMIDE 1,239

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

965

prescriptions.

216

patients, 24% of all patients

PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,144

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

1,009

prescriptions.

194

patients, 22% of all patients

AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,121

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

859

prescriptions.

180

patients, 20% of all patients

OMEPRAZOLE 999

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

737

prescriptions.

186

patients, 21% of all patients

CARVEDILOL 823

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

641

prescriptions.

150

patients, 17% of all patients

HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 815

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

517

prescriptions.

132

patients, 15% of all patients

O
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 715

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

548

prescriptions.

117

patients, 13% of all patients

ALPRAZOLAM 663

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

431

prescriptions.

123

patients, 14% of all patients

METFORMIN HCL 641

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

447

prescriptions.

109

patients, 12% of all patients

CLOPIDOGREL 615

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

443

prescriptions.

112

patients, 13% of all patients

LISINOPRIL 590

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

479

prescriptions.

101

patients, 11% of all patients

GABAPENTIN 567

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

400

prescriptions.

112

patients, 13% of all patients

RANITIDINE HCL 564

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

395

prescriptions.

87

patients, 10% of all patients

METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 543

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

422

prescriptions.

82

patients, 9% of all patients

POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 536

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

447

prescriptions.

83

patients, 9% of all patients

LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 527

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

413

prescriptions.

85

patients, 10% of all patients

MELOXICAM 517

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

382

prescriptions.

117

patients, 13% of all patients

DONEPEZIL HCL 496

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

466

prescriptions.

74

patients, 8% of all patients

TRAMADOL HCL 483

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

348

prescriptions.

140

patients, 16% of all patients

O
TAMSULOSIN HCL 460

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

354

prescriptions.

73

patients, 8% of all patients

CLONAZEPAM 448

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

93

patients, 10% of all patients

CRESTOR 379

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

66

patients, 7% of all patients

LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 378

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

321

prescriptions.

85

patients, 10% of all patients

PREDNISONE 375

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

258

prescriptions.

194

patients, 22% of all patients

JANUVIA 368

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

CLONIDINE HCL 358

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

52

patients, 6% of all patients

ZETIA 345

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

60

patients, 7% of all patients

BENAZEPRIL HCL 335

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

DULOXETINE HCL 327

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

54

patients, 6% of all patients

ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 326

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

255

prescriptions.

64

patients, 7% of all patients

ALLOPURINOL 324

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

HYDRALAZINE HCL 295

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

RISPERIDONE 292

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

P
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 291

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

SIMVASTATIN 287

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

MEMANTINE HCL 285

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 284

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

52

patients, 6% of all patients

HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 282

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

54

patients, 6% of all patients

ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 271

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

TIZANIDINE HCL 267

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

74

patients, 8% of all patients

LYRICA 266

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 263

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

PAROXETINE HCL 247

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

LANTUS SOLOSTAR 242

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

XARELTO 241

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 235

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

166

patients, 19% of all patients

A
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 230

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

LEVETIRACETAM 229

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

MEGESTROL ACETATE 225

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

SUCRALFATE 224

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 220

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

O
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 210

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

SERTRALINE HCL 210

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

DICLOFENAC SODIUM 208

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

58

patients, 7% of all patients

VALSARTAN 201

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 193

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

P
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 190

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

58

patients, 7% of all patients

O
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 189

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

CELECOXIB 189

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

GLIPIZIDE 188

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 184

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

TRAZODONE HCL 184

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

CEPHALEXIN 183

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

137

patients, 15% of all patients

A
SYMBICORT 183

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

ENALAPRIL MALEATE 179

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

NAPROXEN 179

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

72

patients, 8% of all patients

ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 177

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

63

patients, 7% of all patients

O
NEXIUM 177

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

PIOGLITAZONE HCL 177

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

DILTIAZEM HCL 176

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

FINASTERIDE 176

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

METOLAZONE 176

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

ROPINIROLE HCL 176

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

DICYCLOMINE HCL 169

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

METFORMIN HCL ER 168

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 167

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

PROAIR HFA 164

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

51

patients, 6% of all patients

AMOXICILLIN 157

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

121

patients, 14% of all patients

A
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 157

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

FLUOXETINE HCL 155

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

WARFARIN SODIUM 152

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 151

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

74

patients, 8% of all patients

SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 150

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

107

patients, 12% of all patients

A
CITALOPRAM HBR 146

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

HALOPERIDOL 145

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

P
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 143

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

MECLIZINE HCL 136

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

DIGOXIN 135

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

OLANZAPINE 133

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

P
ELIQUIS 127

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

VENTOLIN HFA 127

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

TEMAZEPAM 127

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

FENTANYL 126

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

O
RANEXA 124

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

TOPIRAMATE 124

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

TERAZOSIN HCL 123

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 118

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 117

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

KLOR-CON M20 116

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 115

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

AMIODARONE HCL 115

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

PHENYTOIN 114

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 114

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

ADVAIR DISKUS 113

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

SPIRIVA 113

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

LEVOFLOXACIN 112

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

77

patients, 9% of all patients

A
INVOKANA 111

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

FAMOTIDINE* 110

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

CILOSTAZOL 110

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

NAMENDA XR 110

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

<11
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 106

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

MONTELUKAST SODIUM 102

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

BYSTOLIC 101

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS 98

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

VICTOZA 3-PAK 98

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

GLIMEPIRIDE 98

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 96

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

DEXILANT 94

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

FLUCONAZOLE 93

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

51

patients, 6% of all patients

AMITIZA 92

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

ARIPIPRAZOLE 91

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

P
ATENOLOL 91

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

LINZESS 87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

KLOR-CON M10 87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

NATEGLINIDE 84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

JANUMET XR 80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

METRONIDAZOLE* 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

58

patients, 7% of all patients

A
JANUMET 78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

MYRBETRIQ 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

LATUDA 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 13

patients, 1% of all patients

P
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 19

patients, 2% of all patients

NITROFURANTOIN* 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

A
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

TRULICITY 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

FENOFIBRATE* 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

VESICARE 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11
SPIRONOLACTONE 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

GLIPIZIDE ER 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

INSULIN SYRINGE* 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

PROMETHAZINE HCL 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

TELMISARTAN 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11
HYDROXYZINE HCL 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

COLCHICINE 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

ENTRESTO 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

SINGLE USE SWAB 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11
LORAZEPAM 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

BUSPIRONE HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11
IBUPROFEN 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

VALPROIC ACID* 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

AZITHROMYCIN 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

A
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

LABETALOL HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

SILVER SULFADIAZINE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

ULORIC 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11
BACLOFEN 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11
CHLORTHALIDONE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11
PHENOBARBITAL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11
NYSTATIN 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

BYDUREON PEN 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

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 June 7, 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.