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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,888Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 27

$1.99M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 27

454 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82% Patients 65 Years and Older

27% 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 Iowa
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 373 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

16 of this provider’s 454 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

11 of this provider’s 373 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

0 of this provider’s 454 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid

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Brand Name Drugs

55% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 49%.

Prescription Price

$407 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $257 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$528K

2012

$1.12M

2013

$1.57M

2014

$1.99M

2015

Number of Claims

2,998

2012

4,470

2013

4,806

2014

4,888

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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O

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
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

390

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

335

prescriptions.

93

patients, 20% of all patients

1 2
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

341

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

90

patients, 20% of all patients

2 5
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

263

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

65

patients, 14% of all patients

3 1
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

244

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

67

patients, 15% of all patients

4 4
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

217

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

60

patients, 13% of all patients

5 14
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

216

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

43

patients, 9% of all patients

6 7
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

186

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

7 6
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

181

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

53

patients, 12% of all patients

8 3
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

9 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

143

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

10 11
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

139

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

11 17
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

12 23
INVOKANA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

13 21
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

14 25
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

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

85

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

15 13
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

16 15
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

17 20
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

76

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

18 28
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN

This is used by people with... +

This is used by people with diabetes to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

19 36
NOVOLIN 70-30

Insulin injection is used t... +

Insulin injection is used to control blood sugar in people who have type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not make insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or in people who have type 2 diabetes (condition in which the blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally) that cannot be controlled with oral medications alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

20 47
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

21 29
BYDUREON 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 22 50
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

22 16
LEVEMIR

Helps control blood sugar l... +

Helps control blood sugar levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

24 24
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 KWIKPEN

This is used by people with... +

This is used by people with diabetes to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

25 51
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used 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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

25 27
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

49

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

27 18
HUMALOG MIX 50-50 KWIKPEN 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

28 56
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

Used with proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 29 32
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 Oct. 15, 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.