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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,543Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 126

$4.54M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 126

1,544 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

19% 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 Michigan
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,353 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

1% of this provider’s 1,544 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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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

47% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 46%.

Prescription Price

$362 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $292 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.75M

2012

$3.23M

2013

$3.97M

2014

$4.54M

2015

Number of Claims

8,584

2012

11,536

2013

12,163

2014

12,543

2015

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.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

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

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,555

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

1,312

prescriptions.

466

patients, 30% of all patients

1 1
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

842

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

741

prescriptions.

273

patients, 18% of all patients

10 2 3
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

782

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

700

prescriptions.

293

patients, 19% of all patients

10 3 4
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

751

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

675

prescriptions.

224

patients, 15% of all patients

4 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

739

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

682

prescriptions.

135

patients, 9% of all patients

5 7
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

593

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

518

prescriptions.

209

patients, 14% of all patients

10 6 6
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

558

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

527

prescriptions.

128

patients, 8% of all patients

7 2
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

490

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

408

prescriptions.

158

patients, 10% of all patients

10 8 11
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

413

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

364

prescriptions.

143

patients, 9% of all patients

9 9
METFORMIN HCL ER

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

368

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

319

prescriptions.

134

patients, 9% of all patients

10 12
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

287

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

100

patients, 6% of all patients

11 8
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

76

patients, 5% of all patients

12 14
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

61

patients, 4% of all patients

13 10
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

Treats hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland). Source: National Library of Medicine

190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

56

patients, 4% of all patients

14 16
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

51

patients, 3% of all patients

15 15
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

53

patients, 3% of all patients

16 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

48

patients, 3% of all patients

17 18
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

18 56
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM

Liothyronine, a thyroid hor... +

Liothyronine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

36

patients, 2% of all patients

19 53
HYDROCORTISONE

Hydrocortisone provides rel... +

Hydrocortisone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

20 33
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

21 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

22 23
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

23 62
ANDROGEL

Treats low testosterone lev... +

Treats low testosterone levels when your body does not produce enough natural testosterone. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

23 80
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

25 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

26 24
APIDRA SOLOSTAR 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

10 26 105
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

28 59
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

46

patients, 3% of all patients

29 27
REPAGLINIDE

Repaglinide is used to trea... +

Repaglinide is used to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

30 37
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

Treats low blood calcium in kidney dialysis patients and other patients. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

31 30
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

32 26
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

33 93
LEVOXYL 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

34 58
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

34 29
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

36 22
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

37 25
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

Used with proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

37 44
HUMULIN R U-500 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

39 38
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 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 Sept. 11, 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.