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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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8,475Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 82 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

$456K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 101 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

428 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

10% 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

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

29% of this provider’s 428 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

18% of this provider’s 428 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$54 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

$415K

2014

$447K

2015

$456K

2016

Number of Claims

8,100

2014

8,409

2015

8,475

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 410

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

379

prescriptions.

99

patients, 23% of all patients

1 1
METFORMIN HCL 397

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

392

prescriptions.

103

patients, 24% of all patients

2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 342

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

328

prescriptions.

93

patients, 22% of all patients

3 2
SIMVASTATIN 247

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

69

patients, 16% of all patients

4 5
FUROSEMIDE 241

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

68

patients, 16% of all patients

5 11
LISINOPRIL 234

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

59

patients, 14% of all patients

6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 229

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

56

patients, 13% of all patients

7 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 216

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

61

patients, 14% of all patients

8 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

9 15
CARVEDILOL 156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

10 26
GABAPENTIN 144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

11 8
TRAZODONE HCL 144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

11 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

11 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

41

patients, 10% of all patients

14 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

15 21
TRAMADOL HCL 132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

41

patients, 10% of all patients

O 16 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

17 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

O 18 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

19 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

19 24
LORAZEPAM 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

21 34
DULOXETINE HCL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

22 32
CLOPIDOGREL 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

23 43
WARFARIN SODIUM 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

24 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

25 16
ALLOPURINOL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

26 30
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

27 49
ALPRAZOLAM 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

28 19
IBUPROFEN 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

29 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

30 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

31 33
ESTRADIOL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

31 58
MELOXICAM 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

33 35
LOVASTATIN 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

34 81
BUPROPION HCL SR 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

35 73
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

36 17
CELECOXIB 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

37 55
FLUOXETINE HCL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

38 28
SERTRALINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

39 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

40 27
VERAPAMIL ER 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 41 129
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

42 38
AZITHROMYCIN 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

A 42 56
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 44 80
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 8, 2007.
  • 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.