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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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9,874Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 96 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

$428K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 235 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

305 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98% * Patients 65 Years and Older

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
55% 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 Minnesota
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This information is unavailable.

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Antibiotics

22% of this provider’s 305 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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Opioids

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

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Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $76 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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

$499K

2014

$533K

2015

$428K

2016

Number of Claims

11,192

2014

12,052

2015

9,874

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 424

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

371

prescriptions.

54

patients, 18% of all patients

1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 415

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

367

prescriptions.

61

patients, 20% of all patients

2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 376

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

376

prescriptions.

43

patients, 14% of all patients

3 6
LISINOPRIL 336

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

279

prescriptions.

43

patients, 14% of all patients

4 2
FUROSEMIDE 328

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

328

prescriptions.

47

patients, 15% of all patients

5 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 263

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

38

patients, 12% of all patients

6 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 261

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

261

prescriptions.

40

patients, 13% of all patients

7 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 259

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

41

patients, 13% of all patients

8 1
MIRTAZAPINE 247

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

42

patients, 14% of all patients

9 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

44

patients, 14% of all patients

10 11
SIMVASTATIN 231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

11 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

12 10
TRAZODONE HCL 209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

33

patients, 11% of all patients

13 18
GABAPENTIN 198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

27

patients, 9% of all patients

14 12
SERTRALINE HCL 198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

27

patients, 9% of all patients

14 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

23

patients, 8% of all patients

P 16 54
METFORMIN HCL 195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

17 15
ATENOLOL 170

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

18 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 159

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

19 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

28

patients, 9% of all patients

20 41
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

30

patients, 10% of all patients

21 116
TAMSULOSIN HCL 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

24

patients, 8% of all patients

22 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

23 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

24 14
JANTOVEN 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

21

patients, 7% of all patients

25 37
RISPERIDONE 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 P 26 96
CLOPIDOGREL 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

27 28
CARVEDILOL 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

28 30
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

28 117
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

<11 30 40
LATANOPROST 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

31 143
LEVETIRACETAM 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

32 92
LANTUS 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

33 74
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

<11 34 51
ALLOPURINOL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

<11 35 25
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

36 59
HUMALOG 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 37 197
ADVAIR DISKUS 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

38 45
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

39 8
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

40 24
LOPERAMIDE 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

27

patients, 9% of all patients

41 200
PREDNISONE 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

41 27
MEMANTINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

43 94
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. 12, 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.