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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,751Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 793

$590K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 118 out of 793

643 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older

35% 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 Minnesota
lower than average

Antipsychotics

4% of this provider’s 593 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

29% of this provider’s 643 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 593 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

24% of this provider’s 643 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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

$510K

2012

$504K

2013

$556K

2014

$590K

2015

Number of Claims

13,764

2012

13,595

2013

13,090

2014

12,751

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
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

640

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

607

prescriptions.

121

patients, 19% of all patients

1 1
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

472

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

430

prescriptions.

101

patients, 16% of all patients

2 7
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

373

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

368

prescriptions.

70

patients, 11% of all patients

3 10
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

367

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

362

prescriptions.

63

patients, 10% of all patients

4 6
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

362

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

343

prescriptions.

70

patients, 11% of all patients

5 8
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

343

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

292

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

6 5
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

334

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

329

prescriptions.

58

patients, 9% of all patients

7 2
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

284

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

63

patients, 10% of all patients

O 8 17
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

269

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

9 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

250

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

66

patients, 10% of all patients

O 10 18
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

11 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

12 16
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

228

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

59

patients, 9% of all patients

13 3
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

14 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

61

patients, 9% of all patients

14 4
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

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

16 14
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

208

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

17 20
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

198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

18 11
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

19 22
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

192

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

20 31
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

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

21 9
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

182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

22 19
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

171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

23 59
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

24 34
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

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

25 35
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

26 30
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

27 21
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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

28 23
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

29 27
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

30 25
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

O 31 45
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

32 37
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

32 29
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

34 49
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

O 35 80
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

36 43
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

37 26
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

38 84
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 39 65
DILT-XR

Treats high blood pressure,... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

40 186
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

40 86
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

42 56
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

The combination of levodopa... +

The combination of levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

42 76
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

P 44 61
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

44 38
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

46 50
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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

47 12
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 47 57
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

R 49 41
LATANOPROST

Latanoprost ophthalmic is u... +

Latanoprost ophthalmic is used to treat glaucoma (a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision) and ocular hypertension (a condition which causes increased pressure in the eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 50 133
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine 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), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 50 48
VESICARE

Solifenacin is used to trea... +

Solifenacin is used to treat overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably and cause frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 50 152
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

53 33
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 54 75
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

O 55 52
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 56 53
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 56 40
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 July 31, 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.