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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,740Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 42

$362K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 42

151 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older

68% 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 Colorado
lower than average

Antipsychotics

20% of this provider’s 139 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Antibiotics

50% of this provider’s 151 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 21%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 139 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

36% of this provider’s 151 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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

$249K

2012

$305K

2013

$336K

2014

$362K

2015

Number of Claims

5,565

2012

8,233

2013

7,358

2014

6,740

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

229

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

32

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

205

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

24

patients, 16% of all patients

2 5
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

180

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

29

patients, 19% of all patients

3 2
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

24

patients, 16% of all patients

4 16
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

22

patients, 15% of all patients

5 8
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

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

21

patients, 14% of all patients

6 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

21

patients, 14% of all patients

O 7 12
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

21

patients, 14% of all patients

8 3
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

130

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

19

patients, 13% of all patients

9 44
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

126

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

12

patients, 8% of all patients

10 14
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

12

patients, 8% of all patients

11 38
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

117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

17

patients, 11% of all patients

12 23
ONDANSETRON HCL*

Ondansetron is used to prev... +

Ondansetron is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

12

patients, 8% of all patients

13 78
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

108

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

13

patients, 9% of all patients

14 10
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

102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

14

patients, 9% of all patients

P 15 24
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

<11 16 67
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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

<11 17 4
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

28

patients, 19% of all patients

18 19
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

<11 18 26
XARELTO

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung). Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

<11 20 45
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 21 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

16

patients, 11% of all patients

22 11
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 23 15
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 24 70
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

14

patients, 9% of all patients

25 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 8% of all patients

26 6
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 26 27
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole 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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 26 89
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 O 29 19
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

Morphine (extended release) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 O 30 57
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

Treating infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 A 31 117
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 32 17
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

20

patients, 13% of all patients

O 33 18
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 33 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

18

patients, 12% of all patients

33 43
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.