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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,489Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 259

$3.39M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 259

1,303 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71% Patients 65 Years and Older

29% 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

This provider prescribed antipsychotics 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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Antibiotics

2% of this provider’s 1,303 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

2% of this provider’s 929 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

1% of this provider’s 1,303 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 21%.

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Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$357 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $229 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 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

$837K

2012

$2.11M

2013

$2.63M

2014

$3.39M

2015

Number of Claims

4,465

2012

7,958

2013

8,142

2014

9,489

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

968

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

651

prescriptions.

321

patients, 25% of all patients

1 3
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

795

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

614

prescriptions.

275

patients, 21% of all patients

10 2 53
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

640

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

456

prescriptions.

183

patients, 14% of all patients

3 12
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

638

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

473

prescriptions.

212

patients, 16% of all patients

4 45
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

369

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

136

patients, 10% of all patients

5 133
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

335

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

109

patients, 8% of all patients

6 30
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

241

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

74

patients, 6% of all patients

7 131
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

207

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

64

patients, 5% of all patients

8 48
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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

79

patients, 6% of all patients

9 120
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

178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

50

patients, 4% of all patients

10 194
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

52

patients, 4% of all patients

11 83
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

171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

50

patients, 4% of all patients

12 136
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

46

patients, 4% of all patients

13 256
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

14 96
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

15 180
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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

16 232
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

17 213
BYDUREON PEN 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

18 280
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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

19 13
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

20 247
NOVOLIN 70-30

Insulin injection is used t... +

Insulin injection is used to control blood sugar in people who have type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not make insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or in people who have type 2 diabetes (condition in which the blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally) that cannot be controlled with oral medications alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

21 299
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

22 8
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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

23 111
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

24 187
HUMULIN R U-500 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

25 310
EASY TOUCH PEN NEEDLE 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

57

patients, 4% of all patients

26 313
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

27 258
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

28 10
APIDRA SOLOSTAR 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

29 351
PROLIA 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

30 353
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

31 4
LEVEMIR

Helps control blood sugar l... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

31 201
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

33 2
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

34 6
TOUJEO SOLOSTAR 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

34 377
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

36 49
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 8, 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.