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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,841Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 254

$582K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 254

742 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

33% 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 North Dakota
lower than average

Antipsychotics

2% of this provider’s 656 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

22% of this provider’s 742 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 656 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

15% of this provider’s 742 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 14%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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

$537K

2012

$513K

2013

$519K

2014

$582K

2015

Number of Claims

11,803

2012

11,757

2013

11,256

2014

11,841

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
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

524

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

509

prescriptions.

114

patients, 15% of all patients

1 3
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

523

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

509

prescriptions.

100

patients, 13% of all patients

2 1
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

486

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

461

prescriptions.

90

patients, 12% 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

477

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

439

prescriptions.

90

patients, 12% of all patients

4 6
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

452

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

411

prescriptions.

107

patients, 14% of all patients

5 2
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

391

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

368

prescriptions.

84

patients, 11% of all patients

6 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

390

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

348

prescriptions.

70

patients, 9% of all patients

7 12
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

349

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

329

prescriptions.

89

patients, 12% of all patients

8 10
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

303

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

78

patients, 11% of all patients

9 4
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

244

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

10 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

11 7
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

241

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

12 14
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

217

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

13 9
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

14 29
JANTOVEN

Helps to prevent new blood ... +

Helps to prevent new blood clots from forming, and helps to keep existing blood clots from getting worse. Source: National Library of Medicine

201

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

15 42
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

16 11
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

17 21
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

168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

18 24
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

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

19 13
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

20 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

21 27
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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

22 15
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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

23 18
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

24 30
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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

25 26
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

26 22
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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

27 41
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

O 28 91
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

29 23
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

30 28
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

31 115
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

32 66
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

33 20
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

O 34 19
CHLORTHALIDONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

35 143
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

36 106
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), 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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 37 59
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

38 67
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 38 124
NITROSTAT

Treats or prevents angina (... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

40 196
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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 41 87
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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

O 42 46
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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 42 90
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

44 43
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 45 78
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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

45 44
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

47 48
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. 30, 2011.
  • 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.