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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,767Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

$760K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

1,135 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

37% 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 Colorado
lower than average

Antipsychotics

2% of this provider’s 1,055 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

16% of this provider’s 1,135 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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Opioids

27% of this provider’s 1,135 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 17%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$893K

2014

$833K

2015

$760K

2016

Number of Claims

16,070

2014

14,719

2015

14,767

2016

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.

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 958

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

905

prescriptions.

219

patients, 19% of all patients

1 1
FUROSEMIDE 700

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

678

prescriptions.

123

patients, 11% of all patients

2 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 579

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

510

prescriptions.

68

patients, 6% of all patients

3 10
LISINOPRIL 566

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

539

prescriptions.

151

patients, 13% of all patients

4 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 555

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

528

prescriptions.

136

patients, 12% of all patients

5 2
SIMVASTATIN 416

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

403

prescriptions.

114

patients, 10% of all patients

6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 405

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

400

prescriptions.

112

patients, 10% of all patients

7 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 327

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

322

prescriptions.

85

patients, 7% of all patients

8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 308

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

297

prescriptions.

83

patients, 7% of all patients

9 12
METFORMIN HCL 296

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

74

patients, 7% of all patients

10 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 289

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

61

patients, 5% of all patients

11 19
TRAMADOL HCL 272

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

267

prescriptions.

118

patients, 10% of all patients

O 12 16
GABAPENTIN 272

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

63

patients, 6% of all patients

12 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 269

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

258

prescriptions.

76

patients, 7% of all patients

14 14
OMEPRAZOLE 264

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

78

patients, 7% of all patients

15 6
ALLOPURINOL 248

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

67

patients, 6% of all patients

16 25
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 221

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

46

patients, 4% of all patients

17 35
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

74

patients, 7% of all patients

O 18 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

19 43
SERTRALINE HCL 169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

52

patients, 5% of all patients

20 28
OXYCODONE HCL 162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

57

patients, 5% of all patients

O 21 29
PREDNISONE 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

22 34
ATENOLOL 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

23 17
TRAZODONE HCL 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

23 23
CARVEDILOL 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

25 41
LORAZEPAM 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

48

patients, 4% of all patients

26 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

27 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

28 18
SPIRONOLACTONE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

29 54
CLONAZEPAM 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

30 59
CITALOPRAM HBR 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

30 26
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

32 53
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

33 70
RANITIDINE HCL 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

34 37
MIRTAZAPINE 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

35 50
LYRICA 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

35 68
PROAIR HFA 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

35 52
SPIRIVA 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

38 73
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

39 21
VALSARTAN 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

40 74
VESICARE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

40 158
ALPRAZOLAM 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

42 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

43 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

44 20
LOVASTATIN 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

44 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

A 46 99
FINASTERIDE 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

47 42
AZITHROMYCIN 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

A 47 64
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

P 49 61
DULOXETINE HCL 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

50 44
CRESTOR 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

51 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

52 15
ELIQUIS 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

52 101
CEPHALEXIN 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

A 54 127
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

55 76
CLOPIDOGREL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

56 40
BREO ELLIPTA 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 56 190
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

O 58 31
SYNTHROID 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

59 45
LEVETIRACETAM 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 59 96
MEMANTINE HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

61 83
PAROXETINE HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

61 71
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

O 63 57
ONDANSETRON HCL* 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

64 131
FENTANYL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

O 64 107
XARELTO 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

64 62
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

67 100
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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 June 22, 2018.
  • 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.