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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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12,507Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

$890K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

721 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

21% 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 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

16% of this provider’s 721 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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Opioids

10% of this provider’s 721 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $76 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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

$835K

2014

$872K

2015

$890K

2016

Number of Claims

12,254

2014

12,573

2015

12,507

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
LISINOPRIL 618

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

561

prescriptions.

152

patients, 21% of all patients

1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 610

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

571

prescriptions.

127

patients, 18% of all patients

2 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 545

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

527

prescriptions.

129

patients, 18% of all patients

3 1
SIMVASTATIN 515

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

515

prescriptions.

130

patients, 18% of all patients

4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 493

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

441

prescriptions.

124

patients, 17% of all patients

5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 475

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

444

prescriptions.

120

patients, 17% of all patients

6 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 376

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

371

prescriptions.

90

patients, 12% of all patients

7 8
METFORMIN HCL 349

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

88

patients, 12% of all patients

8 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 285

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

71

patients, 10% of all patients

9 20
FUROSEMIDE 250

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

72

patients, 10% of all patients

10 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

11 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

58

patients, 8% of all patients

12 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 222

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

13 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 199

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

14 21
GABAPENTIN 187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

54

patients, 7% of all patients

15 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

16 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

17 14
ATENOLOL 173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

18 13
GLIMEPIRIDE 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

19 47
ALLOPURINOL 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

20 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

21 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

22 24
TRAZODONE HCL 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

23 18
TRAMADOL HCL 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

O 24 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

25 49
RANITIDINE HCL 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

26 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

26 26
CLONIDINE HCL 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

28 93
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

29 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

30 36
IRBESARTAN 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

31 144
HYDRALAZINE HCL 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

32 68
CLOPIDOGREL 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

32 28
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

34 63
SERTRALINE HCL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

35 17
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

36 51
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

37 65
CRESTOR 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

38 61
BUPROPION XL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

38 85
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

40 33
DULOXETINE HCL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

41 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

42 45
CARVEDILOL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

42 30
FENOFIBRATE* 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

44 123
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

44 35
VALSARTAN 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

44 107
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

47 40
BUSPIRONE HCL 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

47 101
FLOVENT HFA 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

47 194
FLUOXETINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

50 48
LOVASTATIN 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

51 58
LORAZEPAM 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

51 34
LABETALOL HCL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 53 131
KLOR-CON M20 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

54 185
VENTOLIN HFA 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

55 44
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

55 129
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

O 57 23
FINASTERIDE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

57 55
TORSEMIDE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

59 69
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 May 16, 2008.
  • 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.