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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,794Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 38

$384K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 38

485 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99% * Patients 65 Years and Older

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
32% 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

This provider prescribed antipsychotics 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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Antibiotics

18% of this provider’s 485 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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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

17% of this provider’s 485 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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

$395K

2012

$410K

2013

$332K

2014

$384K

2015

Number of Claims

8,813

2012

8,511

2013

7,159

2014

7,794

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

463

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

458

prescriptions.

101

patients, 21% of all patients

1 1
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

295

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

71

patients, 15% of all patients

2 7
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

293

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

72

patients, 15% of all patients

3 8
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

291

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

89

patients, 18% of all patients

4 2
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

239

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

75

patients, 15% of all patients

5 3
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

235

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

60

patients, 12% of all patients

6 23
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

232

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

67

patients, 14% of all patients

7 4
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

220

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

52

patients, 11% of all patients

8 24
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

204

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

55

patients, 11% of all patients

9 11
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

202

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

63

patients, 13% of all patients

10 9
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

56

patients, 12% of all patients

O 11 29
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

172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

12 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

47

patients, 10% of all patients

13 15
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

14 14
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

144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

15 17
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

43

patients, 9% of all patients

16 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

17 5
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

18 10
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

19 76
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

20 26
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

20 16
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

22 91
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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

23 12
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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

24 18
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

25 68
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

26 22
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

27 13
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), 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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

28 54
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

29 35
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

29 47
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

31 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

32 38
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

33 30
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

34 41
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

35 21
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 36 70
VENLAFAXINE HCL

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

37 146
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 Dec. 9, 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.