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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,321Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 27

$2.66M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 27

719 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85% 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 Iowa
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 614 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

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

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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

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 49%.

Prescription Price

$285 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $257 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$1.04M

2012

$1.71M

2013

$2.22M

2014

$2.66M

2015

Number of Claims

7,563

2012

9,290

2013

9,242

2014

9,321

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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O

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

900

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

767

prescriptions.

208

patients, 29% of all patients

1 1
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

755

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

669

prescriptions.

155

patients, 22% of all patients

2 2
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

541

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

472

prescriptions.

107

patients, 15% of all patients

10 3 6
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

453

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

381

prescriptions.

76

patients, 11% of all patients

4 7
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

418

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

370

prescriptions.

111

patients, 15% of all patients

5 5
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

386

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

313

prescriptions.

75

patients, 10% of all patients

6 3
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

356

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

73

patients, 10% of all patients

7 4
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

283

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

8 17
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

271

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

73

patients, 10% of all patients

9 15
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

253

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

10 12
VICTOZA 3-PAK

Used to treat a type of dia... +

Used to treat a type of diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) called type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

249

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

11 19
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

246

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

12 13
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

237

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

13 16
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

66

patients, 9% of all patients

14 14
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

15 10
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

162

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

16 20
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

17 8
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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

18 26
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

19 22
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

20 29
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

21 25
LEVEMIR

Helps control blood sugar l... +

Helps control blood sugar levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

22 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

23 11
BYETTA 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

24 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

25 31
UNIFINE PENTIPS

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

26 44
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

27 46
INVOKANA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

27 21
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

29 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

30 33
HUMULIN R U-500 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 31 39
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

32 51
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

33 9
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

34 28
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 July 19, 2012.
  • 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.