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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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9,210Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 100 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

$474K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 152 out of 725 providers in this state and specialty

192 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older

85% 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

9% of this provider’s 177 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

31% of this provider’s 192 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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Opioids

38% of this provider’s 192 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 17%.

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Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

48 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

$570K

2014

$522K

2015

$474K

2016

Number of Claims

10,445

2014

10,635

2015

9,210

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 643

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

612

prescriptions.

64

patients, 33% of all patients

1 1
LISINOPRIL 322

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

38

patients, 20% of all patients

2 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 308

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

20

patients, 10% of all patients

3 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 292

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

249

prescriptions.

35

patients, 18% of all patients

4 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 292

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

39

patients, 20% of all patients

4 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 212

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

26

patients, 14% of all patients

6 43
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 199

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

27

patients, 14% of all patients

7 5
SERTRALINE HCL 199

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

28

patients, 15% of all patients

7 28
GABAPENTIN 186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

17

patients, 9% of all patients

9 11
FUROSEMIDE 175

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

32

patients, 17% of all patients

10 9
OMEPRAZOLE 175

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

27

patients, 14% of all patients

10 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

20

patients, 10% of all patients

12 22
DULOXETINE HCL 157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

17

patients, 9% of all patients

13 44
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

15

patients, 8% of all patients

14 76
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

20

patients, 10% of all patients

15 12
SIMVASTATIN 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

16 4
FAMOTIDINE* 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

17 77
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

18 8
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

14

patients, 7% of all patients

P 19 61
TAMSULOSIN HCL 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

13

patients, 7% of all patients

20 14
CLOPIDOGREL 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

<11 21 40
METFORMIN HCL 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

22 7
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

14

patients, 7% of all patients

23 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

26

patients, 14% of all patients

O 24 13
LYRICA 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

<11 24 68
LEVETIRACETAM 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 26 96
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

15

patients, 8% of all patients

27 18
NAMENDA XR 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

<11 28 106
VOLTAREN 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

13

patients, 7% of all patients

29 79
MIRTAZAPINE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

13

patients, 7% of all patients

29 50
CARVEDILOL 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

<11 29 41
MEMANTINE HCL 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

32 83
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

33 120
TRAMADOL HCL 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

15

patients, 8% of all patients

O 34 16
ATENOLOL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

<11 35 17
PAROXETINE HCL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 36 71
CITALOPRAM HBR 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

<11 37 26
SUCRALFATE 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 38 267
TEMAZEPAM 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 38 84
FENTANYL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 O 38 107
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 41 21
PREDNISONE 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

42 34
PRADAXA 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 43 236
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 44 35
FINASTERIDE 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 44 42
NYSTOP 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 46 188
DILT-XR 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 46 115
LORAZEPAM 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

15

patients, 8% of all patients

48 30
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 Feb. 11, 2016.
  • 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.