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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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14,305Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

771 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

25% 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

3% of this provider’s 682 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

28% of this provider’s 771 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

20% of this provider’s 771 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $91 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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

$802K

2014

$929K

2015

$1.11M

2016

Number of Claims

12,534

2014

14,286

2015

14,305

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 1,046

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

917

prescriptions.

246

patients, 32% of all patients

1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 530

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

461

prescriptions.

139

patients, 18% of all patients

2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 451

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

403

prescriptions.

116

patients, 15% of all patients

3 3
LISINOPRIL 447

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

390

prescriptions.

115

patients, 15% of all patients

4 4
METFORMIN HCL 425

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

377

prescriptions.

111

patients, 14% of all patients

5 7
SIMVASTATIN 425

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

400

prescriptions.

107

patients, 14% of all patients

5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 360

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

85

patients, 11% of all patients

7 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 293

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

66

patients, 9% of all patients

8 16
GABAPENTIN 272

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

69

patients, 9% of all patients

9 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 263

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

O 10 9
TRAMADOL HCL 245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

73

patients, 9% of all patients

O 11 13
TRAZODONE HCL 244

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

12 14
SERTRALINE HCL 212

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

13 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 211

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

14 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

15 23
FUROSEMIDE 204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

16 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

17 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

18 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

19 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

20 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

61

patients, 8% of all patients

21 24
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

22 41
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

O 23 40
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

24 31
LANTUS 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

25 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

26 25
OXYCODONE HCL 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

O 27 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

28 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

28 15
ALLOPURINOL 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

30 30
MELOXICAM 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

31 35
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

32 71
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

P 32 48
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

32 27
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

32 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

36 18
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

36 68
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 O 38 78
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

39 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

39 21
FLUOXETINE HCL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

39 28
LORAZEPAM 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

42 34
FINASTERIDE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

42 39
CARVEDILOL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

44 26
CLONAZEPAM 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

45 36
AZITHROMYCIN 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

A 46 56
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

46 80
DULOXETINE HCL 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

48 32
LYRICA 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

48 76
CLOPIDOGREL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

50 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

51 44
SYNTHROID 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

52 53
TRULICITY 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

53 221
CELECOXIB 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

54 55
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

A 55 62
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

A 55 98
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

57 61
METFORMIN HCL ER 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

58 37
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

A 59 120
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

60 42
FENTANYL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 O 60 86
LAMOTRIGINE 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

62 111
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

63 58
CLONIDINE HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

64 117
ATENOLOL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

65 45
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 66 131
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 April 6, 2009.
  • 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.