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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,466Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 104

$2.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 104

1,073 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older

41% 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 Missouri
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 834 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

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

48% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 46%.

Prescription Price

$221 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $224 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$1.13M

2012

$1.35M

2013

$1.8M

2014

$2.31M

2015

Number of Claims

8,424

2012

8,785

2013

9,333

2014

10,466

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

1,220

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

845

prescriptions.

195

patients, 18% of all patients

1 1
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

593

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

330

prescriptions.

110

patients, 10% of all patients

2 2
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

474

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

284

prescriptions.

120

patients, 11% of all patients

3 3
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

420

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

334

prescriptions.

78

patients, 7% of all patients

4 6
METFORMIN HCL ER

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

361

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

76

patients, 7% of all patients

5 8
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

316

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

53

patients, 5% of all patients

6 12
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

314

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

56

patients, 5% of all patients

7 22
ZOSTAVAX

Prevents shingles (herpes z... +

Prevents shingles (herpes zoster virus). Source: National Library of Medicine

313

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

308

prescriptions.

311

patients, 29% of all patients

8 90
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

306

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

66

patients, 6% of all patients

9 11
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

299

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

47

patients, 4% of all patients

10 19
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

280

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

91

patients, 8% of all patients

11 5
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

262

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

55

patients, 5% of all patients

12 26
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

207

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

52

patients, 5% of all patients

13 7
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

14 15
GLIPIZIDE ER

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

194

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

15 38
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

191

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

16 10
JANUMET XR

This combination is used to... +

This combination is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

17 107
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

48

patients, 4% of all patients

18 14
NATEGLINIDE

Used to treat type 2 diabet... +

Used to treat type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

19 86
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

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

20 13
KOMBIGLYZE XR 155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

21 113
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

22 33
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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

23 16
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

24 80
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

25 36
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

Lowers the amount of calcium in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

26 132
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

Treats hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland). Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

27 17
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

27 20
ONGLYZA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise 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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

29 105
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

30 4
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

31 24
LEVEMIR

Helps control blood sugar l... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

32 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

33 9
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

33 48
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

35 34
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

36 18
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

37 67
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

38 29
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

11

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

39 56
GLIPIZIDE XL

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

40 71
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.