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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,866Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 213 out of 793

$461K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 197 out of 793

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

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
9% 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

25% of this provider’s 347 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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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 347 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$67 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

$471K

2012

$471K

2013

$470K

2014

$461K

2015

Number of Claims

8,469

2012

8,070

2013

7,240

2014

6,866

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

313

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

308

prescriptions.

74

patients, 21% of all patients

1 2
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

270

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

68

patients, 20% of all patients

2 1
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

259

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

58

patients, 17% of all patients

3 5
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

235

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

55

patients, 16% of all patients

4 6
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

224

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

59

patients, 17% of all patients

5 3
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

221

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

55

patients, 16% of all patients

6 10
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

201

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

47

patients, 14% of all patients

7 31
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

186

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

52

patients, 15% of all patients

8 7
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

184

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

65

patients, 19% of all patients

9 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

48

patients, 14% of all patients

10 4
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

146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

42

patients, 12% of all patients

11 35
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

41

patients, 12% of all patients

12 26
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

131

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

13 13
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

14 15
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

115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

15 9
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

110

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

16 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

103

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

O 17 18
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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

18 8
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

19 21
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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

20 14
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

21 23
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

22 28
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

23 36
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

24 12
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

25 19
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

R 26 41
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

27 84
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

28 97
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

29 33
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 O 30 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

43

patients, 12% of all patients

A 31 69
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 32 180
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

32 32
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

34 25
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 Nov. 13, 2009.
  • 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.