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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,124Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 1946

$806K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 1946

756 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79% Patients 65 Years and Older

51% 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 Minnesota
lower than average

Antipsychotics

3% of this provider’s 598 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

16% of this provider’s 756 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 598 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

20% of this provider’s 756 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 15%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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

$503K

2012

$564K

2013

$713K

2014

$806K

2015

Number of Claims

11,093

2012

11,235

2013

12,579

2014

14,124

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
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

852

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

701

prescriptions.

182

patients, 24% of all patients

1 2
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

732

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

605

prescriptions.

169

patients, 22% of all patients

2 1
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

545

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

384

prescriptions.

100

patients, 13% of all patients

3 3
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

535

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

344

prescriptions.

111

patients, 15% of all patients

4 4
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

512

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

396

prescriptions.

83

patients, 11% of all patients

5 7
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

438

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

386

prescriptions.

107

patients, 14% of all patients

6 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

405

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

348

prescriptions.

84

patients, 11% of all patients

7 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

351

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

81

patients, 11% of all patients

8 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

346

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

315

prescriptions.

67

patients, 9% of all patients

9 9
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

312

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

68

patients, 9% of all patients

O 10 20
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

307

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

65

patients, 9% of all patients

11 11
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

279

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

59

patients, 8% of all patients

12 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

275

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

69

patients, 9% of all patients

13 8
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

230

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

50

patients, 7% of all patients

14 15
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

15 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

59

patients, 8% of all patients

O 16 16
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

179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

17 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

18 17
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

168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

19 32
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

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

20 30
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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

21 37
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

22 28
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

23 23
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

24 40
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

25 74
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

26 18
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

27 35
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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

28 34
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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

29 36
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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

30 21
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

31 31
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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

32 60
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

33 13
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine 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), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

34 46
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

34 43
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

36 29
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

37 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

38 27
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

39 25
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

40 49
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

41 51
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

R 42 79
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

43 71
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

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

44 38
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

O 45 41
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 45 72
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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

47 77
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

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 O 48 63
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 49 162
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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

50 33
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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

51 127
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

52 104
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

53 108
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 53 103
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

O 55 42
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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

56 61
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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

57 22
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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

57 81
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

59 48
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE

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.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

60 99
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

61 106
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 Feb. 16, 2017.
  • 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.