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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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13,128Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 27 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

$740K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

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

21% 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

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

17% of this provider’s 817 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

13% of this provider’s 817 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

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $91 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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

$642K

2014

$740K

2015

$740K

2016

Number of Claims

13,115

2014

14,172

2015

13,128

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 640

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

605

prescriptions.

174

patients, 21% of all patients

1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 525

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

463

prescriptions.

136

patients, 17% of all patients

2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 485

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

437

prescriptions.

119

patients, 15% of all patients

3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 480

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

439

prescriptions.

112

patients, 14% of all patients

4 6
LISINOPRIL 464

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

398

prescriptions.

121

patients, 15% of all patients

5 4
METFORMIN HCL 448

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

386

prescriptions.

105

patients, 13% of all patients

6 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 332

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

72

patients, 9% of all patients

7 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 330

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

281

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

O 8 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 294

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

261

prescriptions.

67

patients, 8% of all patients

9 16
SIMVASTATIN 250

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

61

patients, 7% of all patients

10 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

62

patients, 8% of all patients

11 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 225

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

55

patients, 7% of all patients

12 29
GABAPENTIN 223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

13 8
TRAZODONE HCL 219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

52

patients, 6% of all patients

14 14
TRAMADOL HCL 190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

O 15 13
FUROSEMIDE 181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

16 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

17 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

18 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

19 25
ALPRAZOLAM 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

20 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

21 27
SERTRALINE HCL 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

22 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

23 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

24 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

24 17
FLUOXETINE HCL 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

26 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

27 12
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

28 42
ALLOPURINOL 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

29 30
CARVEDILOL 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

30 26
LOVASTATIN 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

31 81
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

32 93
CITALOPRAM HBR 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

33 21
FENOFIBRATE* 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

34 67
BENAZEPRIL HCL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

35 72
FINASTERIDE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

36 39
CLONAZEPAM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

37 36
LANTUS 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

38 50
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

39 24
IBUPROFEN 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

39 54
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

41 33
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

O 42 40
BUSPIRONE HCL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

43 103
OXYCODONE HCL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 O 43 51
PROAIR HFA 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

45 77
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

A 46 98
ATENOLOL 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

47 45
PREDNISONE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

47 47
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

47 46
XARELTO 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

50 57
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

51 68
RALOXIFENE HCL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

52 121
ROPINIROLE HCL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 52 65
SYNTHROID 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

54 53
VENTOLIN HFA 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

55 87
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

56 58
LYRICA 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 56 76
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 58 155
ESTRADIOL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

58 58
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 Dec. 4, 2012.
  • 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.