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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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10,525Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 49 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

$713K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 55 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

713 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older

4% 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

14% of this provider’s 713 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

16% of this provider’s 713 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $91 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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

$485K

2014

$620K

2015

$713K

2016

Number of Claims

6,658

2014

9,198

2015

10,525

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 828

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

794

prescriptions.

218

patients, 31% of all patients

1 1
SIMVASTATIN 722

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

686

prescriptions.

210

patients, 29% of all patients

2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 564

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

540

prescriptions.

184

patients, 26% of all patients

3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 476

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

471

prescriptions.

136

patients, 19% of all patients

4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 377

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

372

prescriptions.

102

patients, 14% of all patients

5 6
LISINOPRIL 342

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

337

prescriptions.

113

patients, 16% of all patients

6 4
METFORMIN HCL 315

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

96

patients, 13% of all patients

7 7
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

8 58
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 217

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

9 10
GABAPENTIN 210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

62

patients, 9% of all patients

10 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

O 11 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

12 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 175

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

13 20
BENAZEPRIL HCL 157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

14 72
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

15 12
CARVEDILOL 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

16 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

17 31
FUROSEMIDE 133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

18 11
RALOXIFENE HCL 133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

18 121
CLOPIDOGREL 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

20 43
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

21 27
ALLOPURINOL 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

22 30
CELECOXIB 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

23 55
SERTRALINE HCL 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

24 22
TRAMADOL HCL 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

O 25 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

26 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

27 16
ZETIA 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

28 150
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

29 17
LORAZEPAM 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

30 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

31 21
FENOFIBRATE* 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

32 141
VALSARTAN 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

33 91
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

34 139
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

35 38
METFORMIN HCL ER 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

36 37
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

36 42
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

38 24
FLUOXETINE HCL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

38 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

40 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

41 25
TRAZODONE HCL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

42 14
DULOXETINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

43 32
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

44 80
DONEPEZIL HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

45 44
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

46 41
BUPROPION HCL SR 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 46 73
CRESTOR 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

46 97
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 Oct. 16, 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.