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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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12,369Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 96 providers in this state and specialty

$475K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 96 providers in this state and specialty

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

32% 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 North Dakota
lower than average

Antipsychotics

2% of this provider’s 524 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

32% of this provider’s 550 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 550 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

11% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%. This is far fewer than peers.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $75 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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

$579K

2014

$490K

2015

$475K

2016

Number of Claims

14,566

2014

12,425

2015

12,369

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
SIMVASTATIN 638

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

626

prescriptions.

116

patients, 21% of all patients

1 3
FUROSEMIDE 529

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

524

prescriptions.

106

patients, 19% of all patients

2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 499

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

486

prescriptions.

92

patients, 17% of all patients

3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 447

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

442

prescriptions.

81

patients, 15% of all patients

4 1
LISINOPRIL 429

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

404

prescriptions.

83

patients, 15% of all patients

5 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 412

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

400

prescriptions.

79

patients, 14% of all patients

6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 355

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

355

prescriptions.

67

patients, 12% of all patients

7 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 350

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

345

prescriptions.

76

patients, 14% of all patients

8 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 286

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

281

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

9 10
METFORMIN HCL 260

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

49

patients, 9% of all patients

10 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 260

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

255

prescriptions.

46

patients, 8% of all patients

10 11
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 258

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

12 47
CITALOPRAM HBR 251

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

13 25
LORAZEPAM 237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

56

patients, 10% of all patients

14 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

O 15 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

16 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

17 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

18 13
SERTRALINE HCL 183

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

19 16
CARVEDILOL 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

20 24
ATENOLOL 159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

21 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

22 44
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

23 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

23 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

25 18
PREDNISONE 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

57

patients, 10% of all patients

26 36
ALLOPURINOL 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

27 21
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

28 37
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

29 48
LOVASTATIN 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

30 78
MIRTAZAPINE 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

31 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

31 20
TRAMADOL HCL 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

O 33 23
AUTOSHIELD DUO PEN NEEDLE 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

34 91
CLOPIDOGREL 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

35 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

35 31
AZITHROMYCIN 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

75

patients, 14% of all patients

A 37 80
GABAPENTIN 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

38 14
GLIPIZIDE XL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

39 142
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

40 35
TRAZODONE HCL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

41 32
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

42 33
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

42 91
ALPRAZOLAM 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 44 45
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

45 128
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 45 39
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 47 87
DIGOX 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 47 185
ADVAIR DISKUS 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 47 46
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 50 84
FINASTERIDE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

51 43
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 51 152
ONDANSETRON ODT 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 53 199
GLIMEPIRIDE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 53 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 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. 30, 2011.
  • 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.