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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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11,027Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

$952K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

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

64% 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

This provider prescribed antipsychotics 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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Antibiotics

35% of this provider’s 589 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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Opioids

17% of this provider’s 589 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 17%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$86 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$895K

2014

$1.03M

2015

$952K

2016

Number of Claims

10,501

2014

11,021

2015

11,027

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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 490

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

463

prescriptions.

121

patients, 21% of all patients

1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 425

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

375

prescriptions.

113

patients, 19% of all patients

2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 405

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

352

prescriptions.

89

patients, 15% of all patients

3 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 367

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

321

prescriptions.

96

patients, 16% of all patients

4 2
METFORMIN HCL 331

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

326

prescriptions.

87

patients, 15% of all patients

5 7
SIMVASTATIN 298

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

80

patients, 14% of all patients

6 4
TAMSULOSIN HCL 259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

67

patients, 11% of all patients

7 14
AZITHROMYCIN 218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

116

patients, 20% of all patients

A 8 64
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

96

patients, 16% of all patients

9 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

46

patients, 8% of all patients

10 33
LISINOPRIL 185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

56

patients, 10% of all patients

11 3
RANITIDINE HCL 178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

58

patients, 10% of all patients

12 37
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

48

patients, 8% of all patients

13 38
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

14 82
ALPRAZOLAM 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

15 32
SULINDAC 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

64

patients, 11% of all patients

16 251
GABAPENTIN 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

17 11
TRAMADOL HCL 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

O 17 16
FINASTERIDE 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

19 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

20 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

21 8
CELECOXIB 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

22 81
ATENOLOL 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

23 17
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

O 24 173
OXYCODONE HCL 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

O 25 29
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

O 26 31
TRADJENTA 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

27 145
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

53

patients, 9% of all patients

28 95
MELOXICAM 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

28 49
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

30 12
CREON 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

31 148
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

31 15
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

33 67
TRAZODONE HCL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

34 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

34 18
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

36 108
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

37 259
ZETIA 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

38 94
FENOFIBRATE* 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

39 138
VALSARTAN 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

40 74
DONEPEZIL HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

40 43
PATADAY 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

42 245
FLUOXETINE HCL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

42 36
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

44 27
LYRICA 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

45 68
GLIPIZIDE 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

46 39
NEXIUM 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

46 78
LORAZEPAM 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

48 30
LOVASTATIN 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

48 47
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

50 114
FUROSEMIDE 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

50 9
ROPINIROLE HCL 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

50 116
JANUVIA 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

53 72
LEVOFLOXACIN 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

A 53 105
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

55 24
DUTASTERIDE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 55 278
VOLTAREN 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

57 79
SERTRALINE HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

58 28
HYDROMORPHONE HCL* 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 O 59 182
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 11, 2014.
  • 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.