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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,644Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 46 out of 1946

$550K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 113 out of 1946

523 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90% Patients 65 Years and Older

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

21% of this provider’s 523 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 469 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

15% of this provider’s 523 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 15%.

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Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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

$602K

2012

$672K

2013

$632K

2014

$550K

2015

Number of Claims

15,031

2012

15,406

2013

13,814

2014

11,644

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

699

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

672

prescriptions.

120

patients, 23% 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

478

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

473

prescriptions.

73

patients, 14% of all patients

2 6
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

425

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

392

prescriptions.

67

patients, 13% of all patients

3 11
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

410

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

410

prescriptions.

60

patients, 11% of all patients

4 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

386

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

381

prescriptions.

77

patients, 15% of all patients

5 9
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

351

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

340

prescriptions.

70

patients, 13% of all patients

6 8
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

343

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

338

prescriptions.

58

patients, 11% of all patients

7 13
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

340

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

314

prescriptions.

50

patients, 10% of all patients

8 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

328

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

323

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

9 5
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

318

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

10 15
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

317

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

274

prescriptions.

53

patients, 10% of all patients

11 4
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

305

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

57

patients, 11% of all patients

12 22
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

13 2
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

191

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

14 32
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

15 26
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

178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

16 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

17 17
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

18 23
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

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

19 10
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

20 18
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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

21 21
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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

22 30
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

O 23 20
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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

24 34
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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

24 12
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

24 14
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Pramipexole is used alone o... +

Pramipexole 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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

27 97
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

28 115
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

28 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

30 27
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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

31 54
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

32 29
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

33 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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

33 33
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

33 43
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

36 164
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

Treats certain heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation). Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

R 37 95
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

38 25
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

<11 39 57
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

O 40 87
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL

The combination of albutero... +

The combination of albuterol and ipratropium is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways) such as chronic bronchitis (swelling of the air passages that lead to the lungs) and emphysema (damage to the air sacs in the lungs). Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

40 118
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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

42 59
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 P 43 52
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

<11 43 40
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

45 31
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

46 50
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

47 46
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

48 51
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

48 62
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

48 80
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE

Treats and prevents angina ... +

Treats and prevents angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 51 239
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

51 35
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

A 53 101
ALBUTEROL SULFATE

Albuterol is used to preven... +

Albuterol is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness caused by lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

53 143
CHLORTHALIDONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 55 73
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

O 56 41
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 Aug. 11, 2016.
  • 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.