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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,683Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 66

$1.57M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 66

672 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79% Patients 65 Years and Older

33% 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 Arizona
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 533 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

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

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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

2% of this provider’s 672 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 51%.

Prescription Price

$277 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $253 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$627K

2012

$942K

2013

$1.12M

2014

$1.57M

2015

Number of Claims

4,245

2012

5,179

2013

5,331

2014

5,683

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
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

628

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

440

prescriptions.

180

patients, 27% of all patients

1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

232

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

73

patients, 11% of all patients

2 9
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

196

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

3 5
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

Treats hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland). Source: National Library of Medicine

183

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

4 11
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

181

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

52

patients, 8% of all patients

5 3
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

144

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

6 12
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

65

patients, 10% of all patients

7 4
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

8 8
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

9 16
METFORMIN HCL ER

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

121

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

10 10
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

11 15
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

12 20
NOVOLIN N

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

13 36
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

13 7
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

15 6
HYDROCORTISONE

Hydrocortisone provides rel... +

Hydrocortisone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

16 27
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM

Liothyronine, a thyroid hor... +

Liothyronine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

17 18
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

95

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

18 14
NOVOLIN 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

87

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

19 33
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

87

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

19 30
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

21 13
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

22 17
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

23 2
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

24 19
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

25 47
HUMULIN N

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

25 56
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

27 25
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE

Used to treat symptoms of l... +

Used to treat symptoms of low testosterone in men who do not produce enough natural testosterone. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

28 60
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

28 23
GLIPIZIDE ER

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

30 35
LEVEMIR

Helps control blood sugar l... +

Helps control blood sugar levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

31 29
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

32 26
GLIPIZIDE XL

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 33 48
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 May 19, 2011.
  • 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.