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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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14,364Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

$818K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

549 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older

55% 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

5% of this provider’s 488 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Antibiotics

27% of this provider’s 549 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

24% of this provider’s 549 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $91 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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

$835K

2014

$817K

2015

$818K

2016

Number of Claims

15,051

2014

15,247

2015

14,364

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 685

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

573

prescriptions.

149

patients, 27% of all patients

1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 550

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

389

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

2 18
SIMVASTATIN 529

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

453

prescriptions.

109

patients, 20% of all patients

3 5
FUROSEMIDE 409

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

351

prescriptions.

85

patients, 15% of all patients

4 11
LISINOPRIL 399

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

313

prescriptions.

81

patients, 15% of all patients

5 4
METFORMIN HCL 374

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

302

prescriptions.

76

patients, 14% of all patients

6 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 368

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

63

patients, 11% of all patients

7 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 339

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

71

patients, 13% of all patients

8 6
OMEPRAZOLE 307

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

76

patients, 14% of all patients

9 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 272

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

58

patients, 11% of all patients

O 10 9
GABAPENTIN 265

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

55

patients, 10% of all patients

11 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 234

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

12 27
SERTRALINE HCL 225

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

13 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

14 3
TAMSULOSIN HCL 208

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

15 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 193

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

16 10
TRAMADOL HCL 191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

63

patients, 11% of all patients

O 17 13
LORAZEPAM 177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

46

patients, 8% of all patients

18 34
TRAZODONE HCL 172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

19 14
HUMALOG 165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

20 106
MELOXICAM 161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

21 35
LANTUS 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

22 50
CITALOPRAM HBR 156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

23 21
CARVEDILOL 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

24 26
ALPRAZOLAM 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

25 19
ALLOPURINOL 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

26 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

27 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

28 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

29 17
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

30 42
DULOXETINE HCL 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

31 32
TAMIFLU 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

82

patients, 15% of all patients

31 187
SODIUM CHLORIDE* 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

33 192
CLOPIDOGREL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

34 43
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

35 202
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 36 205
LYRICA 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

37 76
OXYCODONE HCL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

O 37 51
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

39 93
BENAZEPRIL HCL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

40 72
DIGOXIN 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

41 149
GLIMEPIRIDE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

42 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

43 23
CLONAZEPAM 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

44 36
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

45 41
NOVOLOG 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

46 132
XARELTO 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 47 57
CELECOXIB 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

48 55
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

49 38
NYSTATIN 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

49 145
VALSARTAN 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

51 91
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

52 46
BACLOFEN 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 53 96
ATENOLOL 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

54 45
DONEPEZIL HCL 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

55 44
PAROXETINE HCL 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 56 63
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 57 80
DIAZEPAM 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

58 70
ESTRADIOL 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

58 58
RANITIDINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 60 63
ADVAIR DISKUS 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

60 83
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

P 62 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

62 33
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

64 68
OLANZAPINE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 P 64 89
FINASTERIDE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

66 39
LEVETIRACETAM 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 67 126
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 July 23, 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.