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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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11,994Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

$837K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

342 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older

95% 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

3% of this provider’s 323 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

26% of this provider’s 342 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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Opioids

22% of this provider’s 342 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 17%.

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Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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

$934K

2014

$911K

2015

$837K

2016

Number of Claims

16,345

2014

14,886

2015

11,994

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
OMEPRAZOLE 563

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

546

prescriptions.

90

patients, 26% of all patients

1 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 552

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

538

prescriptions.

93

patients, 27% of all patients

2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 389

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

367

prescriptions.

79

patients, 23% of all patients

3 1
NEXIUM 383

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

383

prescriptions.

49

patients, 14% of all patients

4 78
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 313

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

308

prescriptions.

54

patients, 16% of all patients

5 5
SIMVASTATIN 297

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

63

patients, 18% of all patients

6 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 293

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

288

prescriptions.

53

patients, 15% of all patients

7 19
METFORMIN HCL 283

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

47

patients, 14% of all patients

8 7
LISINOPRIL 265

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

53

patients, 15% of all patients

9 3
TAMSULOSIN HCL 258

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

45

patients, 13% of all patients

10 14
HYDRALAZINE HCL 245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

53

patients, 15% of all patients

11 88
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

39

patients, 11% of all patients

12 18
FUROSEMIDE 225

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

47

patients, 14% of all patients

13 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

14 22
CRESTOR 189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

15 56
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

16 46
JANUVIA 156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

17 72
ALLOPURINOL 156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

17 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

34

patients, 10% of all patients

19 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

31

patients, 9% of all patients

19 8
VOLTAREN 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

21 79
CREON 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

22 148
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

23 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

24 15
ALPRAZOLAM 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

25 32
ATENOLOL 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

26 17
MELOXICAM 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

28

patients, 8% of all patients

27 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

27 10
TRAMADOL HCL 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

O 29 16
METFORMIN HCL ER 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

30 66
CITALOPRAM HBR 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

31 26
MECLIZINE HCL 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

32 135
SINGLE USE SWAB 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

33 210
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

34 82
OXYCODONE HCL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 O 35 29
LORAZEPAM 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

36 30
CLOPIDOGREL 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

37 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

37 33
GABAPENTIN 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

39 11
FINASTERIDE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

40 42
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

40 12
CELECOXIB 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

42 81
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

O 42 13
ZETIA 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

42 94
AMITIZA 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

45 195
PROCTOZONE-HC 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

45 207
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

39

patients, 11% of all patients

A 47 130
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 48 113
DONEPEZIL HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 49 43
PAROXETINE HCL 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 50 71
AMMONIUM LACTATE 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 51 178
CARVEDILOL 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

51 41
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

53 76
SERTRALINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 54 28
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 55 250
XARELTO 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 56 62
DEXILANT 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 56 119
NITROSTAT 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

58 171
ULORIC 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 58 255
TRADJENTA 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 58 145
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 Nov. 10, 2009.
  • 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.