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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,948Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 125 out of 308

$333K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 175 out of 308

454 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99% * Patients 65 Years and Older

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
2% 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 449 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

27% of this provider’s 454 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 26%.

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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

6% of this provider’s 454 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 17%.

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Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $70 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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

$290K

2012

$296K

2013

$326K

2014

$333K

2015

Number of Claims

6,254

2012

7,083

2013

7,659

2014

7,948

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
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

630

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

610

prescriptions.

126

patients, 28% of all patients

1 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

464

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

464

prescriptions.

87

patients, 19% of all patients

2 4
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

358

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

358

prescriptions.

79

patients, 17% of all patients

3 3
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

320

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

315

prescriptions.

64

patients, 14% of all patients

4 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

309

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

56

patients, 12% of all patients

5 1
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

297

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

292

prescriptions.

59

patients, 13% of all patients

6 2
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

280

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

7 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

236

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

8 8
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

236

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

46

patients, 10% of all patients

8 12
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

196

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

10 6
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

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

11 49
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

12 17
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

166

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

13 59
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

14 26
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

156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

15 9
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

16 7
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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

17 15
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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

18 20
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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

19 10
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

20 22
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

21 51
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

<11 22 70
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

23 21
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

Verapamil is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

24 153
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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

25 60
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

26 28
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

27 25
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 28 37
CHLORTHALIDONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

29 123
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

30 35
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

31 23
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

31 14
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

33 127
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 R 34 106
LABETALOL HCL

Labetalol is used to treat ... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 34 141
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

O 36 18
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. 17, 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.