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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,243Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 29 providers in this state and specialty

$734K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 29 providers in this state and specialty

274 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older

26% 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 Iowa
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 214 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

0 of this provider’s 274 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug.

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Opioids

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

0 of this provider’s 274 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid

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Brand Name Drugs

44% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 49%.

Prescription Price

$226 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $305 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$525K

2014

$640K

2015

$734K

2016

Number of Claims

2,924

2014

3,218

2015

3,243

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 356

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

54

patients, 20% of all patients

1 1
METFORMIN HCL 231

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

43

patients, 16% of all patients

2 3
GLIMEPIRIDE 227

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

49

patients, 18% of all patients

3 5
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 151

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

40

patients, 15% of all patients

4 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 144

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

30

patients, 11% of all patients

5 14
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 140

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

33

patients, 12% of all patients

6 2
METFORMIN HCL ER 131

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

31

patients, 11% of all patients

7 8
SYNTHROID 94

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

8 9
METHIMAZOLE 91

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

9 11
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

10 13
LANTUS 78

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

11 7
SIMVASTATIN 78

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

11 15
JANUVIA 70

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

13 16
LISINOPRIL 67

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

14 17
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100 65

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

15 10
HYDROCORTISONE 62

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 16 27
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 56

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

17 6
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 1, 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.