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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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13,296Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

$853K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

656 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older

24% 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 Utah
lower than average

Antipsychotics

4% of this provider’s 594 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

30% of this provider’s 656 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

31% of this provider’s 656 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $91 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$875K

2014

$951K

2015

$853K

2016

Number of Claims

13,861

2014

14,160

2015

13,296

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 1,078

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,011

prescriptions.

260

patients, 40% of all patients

1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 466

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

402

prescriptions.

80

patients, 12% of all patients

O 2 9
OMEPRAZOLE 391

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

364

prescriptions.

129

patients, 20% of all patients

3 2
ALPRAZOLAM 383

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

258

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

4 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 370

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

356

prescriptions.

104

patients, 16% of all patients

5 3
LISINOPRIL 341

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

88

patients, 13% of all patients

6 4
SIMVASTATIN 319

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

99

patients, 15% of all patients

7 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 305

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

80

patients, 12% of all patients

8 6
TRAMADOL HCL 305

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

81

patients, 12% of all patients

O 8 13
GABAPENTIN 289

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

75

patients, 11% of all patients

10 8
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 278

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

O 11 40
METFORMIN HCL 247

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

69

patients, 11% of all patients

12 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

13 12
OXYCODONE HCL 228

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

O 14 51
SERTRALINE HCL 226

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

58

patients, 9% of all patients

15 22
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

O 16 78
TOPIRAMATE 210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

57

patients, 9% of all patients

17 95
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

18 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

19 29
FUROSEMIDE 183

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

20 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

21 10
TRAZODONE HCL 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

22 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

23 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

24 21
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

25 41
SYNTHROID 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

26 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

27 16
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

28 68
AZITHROMYCIN 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

92

patients, 14% of all patients

A 29 56
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

30 15
FENTANYL 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

O 31 86
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

32 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

33 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

34 27
CLONAZEPAM 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

35 36
TEMAZEPAM 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

36 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

37 38
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

P 38 48
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

38 122
CELECOXIB 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

40 55
LYRICA 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

41 76
FLUOXETINE HCL 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

41 28
ESTRADIOL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

43 58
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

44 25
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

45 42
METFORMIN HCL ER 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

46 37
BUPROPION XL 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

46 73
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

A 48 62
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

49 46
WARFARIN SODIUM 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

50 18
CARISOPRODOL 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

51 166
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

51 75
BUPROPION HCL SR 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

53 73
LORAZEPAM 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

53 34
TERAZOSIN HCL 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 55 124
DULOXETINE HCL 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

55 32
DIAZEPAM 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 55 70
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

58 31
BACLOFEN 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

59 96
FENOFIBRATE* 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

60 135
ROPINIROLE HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

61 65
MELOXICAM 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

62 35
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

63 140
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 July 9, 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.