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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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14,317Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 96 providers in this state and specialty

$719K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 96 providers in this state and specialty

776 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older

23% 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 North Dakota
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

26% of this provider’s 776 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

13% of this provider’s 776 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $75 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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

$609K

2014

$642K

2015

$719K

2016

Number of Claims

10,616

2014

12,687

2015

14,317

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 657

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

620

prescriptions.

158

patients, 20% of all patients

1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 625

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

591

prescriptions.

138

patients, 18% of all patients

2 1
FUROSEMIDE 474

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

451

prescriptions.

91

patients, 12% of all patients

3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 471

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

438

prescriptions.

108

patients, 14% of all patients

4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 443

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

404

prescriptions.

103

patients, 13% of all patients

5 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 421

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

397

prescriptions.

100

patients, 13% of all patients

6 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 414

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

387

prescriptions.

96

patients, 12% of all patients

7 9
METFORMIN HCL 385

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

354

prescriptions.

78

patients, 10% of all patients

8 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 377

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

372

prescriptions.

87

patients, 11% of all patients

9 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 356

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

351

prescriptions.

78

patients, 10% of all patients

10 10
LISINOPRIL 346

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

321

prescriptions.

87

patients, 11% of all patients

11 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 336

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

317

prescriptions.

62

patients, 8% of all patients

12 11
TRAMADOL HCL 326

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

298

prescriptions.

64

patients, 8% of all patients

O 13 23
GABAPENTIN 312

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

63

patients, 8% of all patients

14 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 282

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

277

prescriptions.

68

patients, 9% of all patients

15 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 278

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

267

prescriptions.

63

patients, 8% of all patients

16 27
SERTRALINE HCL 265

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

17 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

18 15
LORAZEPAM 167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

19 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

20 22
ATENOLOL 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

21 19
TRAZODONE HCL 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

22 32
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

23 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

24 31
CLOPIDOGREL 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

25 17
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

26 61
CITALOPRAM HBR 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

27 25
PREDNISONE 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

28 36
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

29 37
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

30 87
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

31 49
DIGOXIN 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

32 51
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

33 101
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

63

patients, 8% of all patients

A 34 79
ALPRAZOLAM 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

35 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

36 64
ROPINIROLE HCL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

36 65
JANTOVEN 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

38 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

39 56
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

<11 40 96
TAMSULOSIN HCL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

40 18
RALOXIFENE HCL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

42 139
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

43 35
CLONAZEPAM 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

44 60
AZITHROMYCIN 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

55

patients, 7% of all patients

A 45 80
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

46 44
GLIPIZIDE 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

47 50
PAROXETINE HCL 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

48 70
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

49 67
DONEPEZIL HCL 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

49 20
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

51 118
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 52 41
LOVASTATIN 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

52 78
ALLOPURINOL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

54 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

O 54 28
ZETIA 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

56 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

56 46
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

A 58 157
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

58 39
DULOXETINE HCL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 60 52
AMIODARONE HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 61 159
SPIRIVA 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 62 100
CARVEDILOL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

62 24
LEVOFLOXACIN 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

A 62 136
VENTOLIN HFA 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

65 73
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 65 146
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 67 91
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 Aug. 1, 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.