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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,783Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 138

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 138

276 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
22% Patients 65 Years and Older

88% 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 Idaho
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

15 of this provider’s 60 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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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

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

14 of this provider’s 60 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

7% of this provider’s 276 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$154 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $73 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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

$929K

2012

$919K

2013

$984K

2014

$1.2M

2015

Number of Claims

6,009

2012

7,251

2013

7,281

2014

7,783

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
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

448

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

70

patients, 25% of all patients

1 98
PRAZOSIN HCL

Prazosin is used alone or i... +

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

321

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

49

patients, 18% of all patients

10 2 116
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

281

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

31

patients, 11% of all patients

P 3 59
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

246

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

42

patients, 15% of all patients

4 31
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

233

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

33

patients, 12% of all patients

5 17
LATUDA

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

230

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

35

patients, 13% of all patients

P 6 132
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

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

215

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

38

patients, 14% of all patients

7 32
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

204

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

23

patients, 8% of all patients

8 80
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

23

patients, 8% of all patients

9 42
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

Treats psychotic mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

27

patients, 10% of all patients

P 9 81
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

33

patients, 12% of all patients

11 11
BRINTELLIX 170

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

36

patients, 13% of all patients

12 146
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

29

patients, 11% of all patients

13 29
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

22

patients, 8% of all patients

14 25
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE

The combination is used as ... +

The combination is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

28

patients, 10% of all patients

15 157
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

30

patients, 11% of all patients

P 16 131
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

Treats symptoms of Parkinson's disease or side effects of other drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

23

patients, 8% of all patients

R 17 162
VIIBRYD

Used to treat depression in... +

Used to treat depression in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

18 166
ZIPRASIDONE HCL

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

P 19 171
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

121

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

20 40
LITHIUM CARBONATE ER

Lithium is used to treat th... +

Lithium is used to treat the manic episodes of bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

21 184
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

P 22 187
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

23 79
SUBOXONE

Treats an addiction to or d... +

Treats an addiction to or dependence on narcotic medicine. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 23 188
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

25 2
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL

Methylphenidate is used as ... +

Methylphenidate is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

26 190
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

27 107
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

28 50
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

28 163
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

30 10
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

R 31 28
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

32 51
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

P 32 111
BUPRENORPHINE-NALOXONE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 32 169
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

35 1
ABILIFY MAINTENA 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 36 221
NUVIGIL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 37 225
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHET ER

Used as part of a treatment... +

Used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

38 240
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 39 19
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 39 245
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 April 3, 2015.
  • 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.