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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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17,135Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

$1.59M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

804 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98% Patients 65 Years and Older

5% 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

2% of this provider’s 784 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

25% of this provider’s 804 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

15% of this provider’s 804 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$93 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $91 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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

$1.1M

2014

$1.19M

2015

$1.59M

2016

Number of Claims

16,861

2014

16,685

2015

17,135

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
OMEPRAZOLE 853

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

835

prescriptions.

211

patients, 26% of all patients

1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 852

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

841

prescriptions.

200

patients, 25% of all patients

2 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 817

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

795

prescriptions.

221

patients, 27% of all patients

3 3
LISINOPRIL 799

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

771

prescriptions.

197

patients, 25% of all patients

4 4
SIMVASTATIN 737

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

722

prescriptions.

185

patients, 23% of all patients

5 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 630

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

625

prescriptions.

161

patients, 20% of all patients

6 10
METFORMIN HCL 499

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

494

prescriptions.

129

patients, 16% of all patients

7 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 491

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

439

prescriptions.

112

patients, 14% of all patients

8 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 476

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

471

prescriptions.

111

patients, 14% of all patients

9 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 391

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

386

prescriptions.

97

patients, 12% of all patients

10 12
CARVEDILOL 321

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

316

prescriptions.

70

patients, 9% of all patients

11 26
FUROSEMIDE 318

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

313

prescriptions.

74

patients, 9% of all patients

12 11
GABAPENTIN 305

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

84

patients, 10% of all patients

13 8
FLUOXETINE HCL 281

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

71

patients, 9% of all patients

14 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 262

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

68

patients, 8% of all patients

15 17
XARELTO 256

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

16 57
ALPRAZOLAM 242

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

74

patients, 9% of all patients

17 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 223

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

58

patients, 7% of all patients

18 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 220

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

67

patients, 8% of all patients

19 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

20 20
TRAMADOL HCL 209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

64

patients, 8% of all patients

O 20 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

22 18
TRAZODONE HCL 180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

23 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

24 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

25 27
SPIRONOLACTONE 168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

26 52
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

O 27 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

28 31
ATENOLOL 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

29 45
GLIMEPIRIDE 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

30 29
PAROXETINE HCL 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

31 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

32 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

33 25
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

P 34 48
FINASTERIDE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

34 39
CLOPIDOGREL 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

36 43
CRESTOR 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

37 97
DONEPEZIL HCL 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

38 44
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

39 33
PROPRANOLOL HCL 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

40 102
ADVAIR DISKUS 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

40 83
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

67

patients, 8% of all patients

A 40 62
DULOXETINE HCL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

43 32
CLONAZEPAM 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

44 36
PREDNISONE 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

45 47
ALLOPURINOL 82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

46 30
LANTUS 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

47 50
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

48 61
GLIPIZIDE 78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

49 84
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

50 46
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

51 42
LOVASTATIN 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

52 81
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

52 41
SYNTHROID 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

54 53
MEMANTINE HCL 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

55 101
MIRTAZAPINE 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

56 69
HUMALOG 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

57 106
FENOFIBRATE* 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

58 67
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

59 80
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

60 139
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

60 111
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 62 72
SERTRALINE HCL 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

63 22
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 Sept. 15, 2008.
  • 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.