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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,655Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 33 out of 793

$867K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 793

639 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older

49% 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

3% of this provider’s 559 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

28% of this provider’s 639 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 559 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

23% of this provider’s 639 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$69 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

$628K

2012

$732K

2013

$728K

2014

$867K

2015

Number of Claims

12,163

2012

13,116

2013

12,554

2014

12,655

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
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

489

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

418

prescriptions.

112

patients, 18% of all patients

1 11
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

478

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

416

prescriptions.

81

patients, 13% of all patients

2 8
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

449

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

398

prescriptions.

118

patients, 18% of all patients

3 3
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

424

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

385

prescriptions.

108

patients, 17% of all patients

4 7
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

379

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

327

prescriptions.

95

patients, 15% of all patients

5 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

361

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

319

prescriptions.

78

patients, 12% of all patients

6 16
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

336

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

77

patients, 12% of all patients

7 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

291

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

8 6
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

286

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

72

patients, 11% of all patients

9 5
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

264

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

10 19
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

223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

58

patients, 9% of all patients

11 9
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

O 12 17
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

58

patients, 9% of all patients

13 15
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

205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

61

patients, 10% of all patients

14 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

O 15 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

16 4
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

59

patients, 9% of all patients

17 25
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

18 10
CEFUROXIME

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

100

patients, 16% of all patients

A 18 164
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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

20 42
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

21 34
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

22 21
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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

23 23
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

24 47
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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

25 20
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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

26 37
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

27 30
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

27 27
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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

29 35
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

29 31
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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

31 29
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

32 73
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

33 36
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

34 51
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

35 26
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

36 50
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

37 33
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

38 22
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

39 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

40 24
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

41 75
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

42 40
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

43 77
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

44 12
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 45 148
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE

Treats and prevents angina ... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

45 218
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

47 43
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

47 63
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

O 49 80
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

49 28
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

51 60
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE

Sumatriptan is used to trea... +

Sumatriptan is used to treat the symptoms of migraine headaches (severe, throbbing headaches that sometimes is accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to sound and light). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 52 228
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 R 52 110
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

54 102
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

55 102
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

56 68
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

57 93
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

The combination of levodopa... +

The combination of levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 58 76
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

59 13
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

Digox (digoxin) is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

R 59 125
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 61 96
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 9, 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.