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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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14,393Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

$685K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 84 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

939 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older

20% 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 Minnesota
lower than average

Antipsychotics

1% of this provider’s 905 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

20% of this provider’s 939 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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Opioids

13% of this provider’s 939 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $76 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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

$646K

2014

$713K

2015

$685K

2016

Number of Claims

11,991

2014

12,519

2015

14,393

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
SIMVASTATIN 771

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

740

prescriptions.

194

patients, 21% of all patients

1 4
LISINOPRIL 504

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

452

prescriptions.

126

patients, 13% of all patients

2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 492

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

487

prescriptions.

126

patients, 13% of all patients

3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 460

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

455

prescriptions.

122

patients, 13% of all patients

4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 383

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

371

prescriptions.

88

patients, 9% of all patients

5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 349

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

344

prescriptions.

100

patients, 11% of all patients

6 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 348

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

343

prescriptions.

94

patients, 10% of all patients

7 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 337

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

320

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

8 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 328

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

328

prescriptions.

79

patients, 8% of all patients

9 10
FUROSEMIDE 313

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

308

prescriptions.

77

patients, 8% of all patients

10 7
ATENOLOL 299

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

84

patients, 9% of all patients

11 13
TRAMADOL HCL 263

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

O 12 19
MIRTAZAPINE 240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

13 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

51

patients, 5% of all patients

14 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

71

patients, 8% of all patients

15 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 213

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

O 16 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 213

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

52

patients, 6% of all patients

16 9
LORAZEPAM 206

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

58

patients, 6% of all patients

18 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

56

patients, 6% of all patients

19 49
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 195

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

20 8
PREDNISONE 194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

64

patients, 7% of all patients

21 27
ALLOPURINOL 192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

22 25
TRAZODONE HCL 190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

23 18
GABAPENTIN 182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

24 12
METFORMIN HCL ER 171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

25 39
CLOPIDOGREL 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

26 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

27 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

28 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

29 21
JANUVIA 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

30 84
SPIRONOLACTONE 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

31 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

32 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

33 16
FLUOXETINE HCL 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 34 48
CELECOXIB 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

35 99
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

36 24
LABETALOL HCL 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

37 131
SERTRALINE HCL 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

38 17
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

39 51
METFORMIN HCL 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

40 15
GLIPIZIDE ER 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

41 64
NAMENDA XR 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

<11 42 103
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

43 219
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

44 251
XARELTO 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

44 76
DULOXETINE HCL 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

46 46
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

46 176
MINOXIDIL 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 48 223
AZITHROMYCIN 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

67

patients, 7% of all patients

A 49 62
RANITIDINE HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

50 32
TOLTERODINE TARTRATE ER 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

51 163
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

<11 P 52 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

53 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

54 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

A 55 83
CARVEDILOL 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

56 30
CLONAZEPAM 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

57 60
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

58 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

58 35
LANTUS 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 60 74
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 61 41
LOVASTATIN 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

62 58
FINASTERIDE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

62 55
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

62 167
KETOCONAZOLE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

65 196
CRESTOR 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

66 61
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 24, 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.