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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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15,726Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

$932K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

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

25% 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

3% of this provider’s 729 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

27% of this provider’s 772 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

15% of this provider’s 772 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $91 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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

$944K

2014

$934K

2015

$932K

2016

Number of Claims

14,390

2014

15,167

2015

15,726

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 900

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

830

prescriptions.

252

patients, 33% of all patients

1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 874

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

747

prescriptions.

197

patients, 26% of all patients

2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 737

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

671

prescriptions.

190

patients, 25% of all patients

3 2
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 417

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

330

prescriptions.

101

patients, 13% of all patients

4 58
SIMVASTATIN 395

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

374

prescriptions.

114

patients, 15% of all patients

5 5
FUROSEMIDE 371

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

347

prescriptions.

91

patients, 12% of all patients

6 11
METFORMIN HCL ER 368

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

100

patients, 13% of all patients

7 37
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 334

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

334

prescriptions.

101

patients, 13% of all patients

8 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 333

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

279

prescriptions.

75

patients, 10% of all patients

9 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 326

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

70

patients, 9% of all patients

10 12
METFORMIN HCL 311

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

91

patients, 12% of all patients

11 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 284

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

279

prescriptions.

82

patients, 11% of all patients

12 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 250

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

59

patients, 8% of all patients

13 10
GABAPENTIN 249

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

66

patients, 9% of all patients

14 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 249

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

14 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 241

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

65

patients, 8% of all patients

16 6
CARVEDILOL 233

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

17 26
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

77

patients, 10% of all patients

18 33
ALLOPURINOL 230

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

61

patients, 8% of all patients

19 30
FENOFIBRATE* 226

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

58

patients, 8% of all patients

20 67
GLIMEPIRIDE 226

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

62

patients, 8% of all patients

20 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 207

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

76

patients, 10% of all patients

O 22 9
LISINOPRIL 201

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

23 4
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

57

patients, 7% of all patients

24 68
DULOXETINE HCL 194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

25 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

67

patients, 9% of all patients

26 25
MELOXICAM 178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

57

patients, 7% of all patients

27 35
FLUOXETINE HCL 173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

28 28
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

P 29 48
WARFARIN SODIUM 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

30 18
FINASTERIDE 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

31 39
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 32 105
CELECOXIB 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

33 55
ALPRAZOLAM 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

34 19
CLOPIDOGREL 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

35 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

36 20
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

63

patients, 8% of all patients

A 37 62
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

38 71
DIGOXIN 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

38 149
TEMAZEPAM 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

40 60
ZETIA 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

41 150
LORAZEPAM 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

42 34
OLANZAPINE 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 P 42 89
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

44 17
LEVOFLOXACIN 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

58

patients, 8% of all patients

A 44 163
BUSPIRONE HCL 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

46 103
BUPROPION HCL SR 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

47 73
DONEPEZIL HCL 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

48 44
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

49 92
BUPROPION XL 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

49 73
FLUCONAZOLE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

51 133
CLONAZEPAM 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

51 36
PREDNISONE 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

53 47
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

54 49
SYNTHROID 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

55 53
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

55 24
XARELTO 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

57 57
HYDROCORTISONE 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 57 242
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

57 23
METOLAZONE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

60 254
TRAMADOL HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

O 61 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

62 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 63 113
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 10, 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.