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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,273Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 872 out of 2174

$241K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1391 out of 2174

218 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older

66% 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 Michigan
lower than average

Antipsychotics

8% of this provider’s 171 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Antibiotics

29% of this provider’s 218 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 25%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

17% of this provider’s 171 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 11%.

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Opioids

25% of this provider’s 218 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 23%.

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Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $87 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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

$214K

2012

$268K

2013

$288K

2014

$241K

2015

Number of Claims

5,253

2012

6,941

2013

7,281

2014

6,273

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
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

363

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

71

patients, 33% of all patients

1 6
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

215

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

42

patients, 19% of all patients

2 5
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

184

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

29

patients, 13% of all patients

3 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

178

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

32

patients, 15% of all patients

4 29
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

171

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

26

patients, 12% of all patients

5 8
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

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

27

patients, 12% of all patients

6 35
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

27

patients, 12% of all patients

7 9
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

141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

29

patients, 13% of all patients

8 47
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

141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

26

patients, 12% of all patients

8 31
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

29

patients, 13% of all patients

8 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

30

patients, 14% of all patients

O 11 4
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

24

patients, 11% of all patients

12 33
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

22

patients, 10% of all patients

13 123
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

29

patients, 13% of all patients

14 17
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

35

patients, 16% of all patients

15 89
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

109

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

18

patients, 8% of all patients

16 36
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

17 20
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

21

patients, 10% of all patients

17 13
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

99

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

25

patients, 11% of all patients

19 32
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

20 23
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

95

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

27

patients, 12% of all patients

O 21 21
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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

20

patients, 9% of all patients

22 3
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

17

patients, 8% of all patients

23 57
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

18

patients, 8% of all patients

24 34
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 25 88
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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

26 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

27 44
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 28 19
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

29 108
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

30 7
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

31 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

32 1
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

21

patients, 10% of all patients

33 40
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 34 53
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 Dec. 30, 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.