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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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9,829Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

$543K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 84 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

524 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

14% 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

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

29% of this provider’s 524 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 524 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$55 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

$567K

2014

$543K

2015

$543K

2016

Number of Claims

9,293

2014

9,650

2015

9,829

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 519

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

491

prescriptions.

124

patients, 24% of all patients

1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 408

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

372

prescriptions.

123

patients, 23% of all patients

2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 343

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

88

patients, 17% of all patients

3 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 312

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

80

patients, 15% of all patients

4 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 291

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

61

patients, 12% of all patients

O 5 9
METFORMIN HCL ER 236

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

64

patients, 12% of all patients

6 37
GABAPENTIN 235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

70

patients, 13% of all patients

7 8
LISINOPRIL 225

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

58

patients, 11% of all patients

8 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 201

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

9 23
SIMVASTATIN 200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

10 5
GLIMEPIRIDE 182

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

11 29
MELOXICAM 174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

48

patients, 9% of all patients

12 35
TRAZODONE HCL 172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

13 14
ALPRAZOLAM 171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

14 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

50

patients, 10% of all patients

15 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

16 17
TRAMADOL HCL 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

O 17 13
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

18 49
FUROSEMIDE 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

19 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

20 20
PREDNISONE 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

21 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

22 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

23 21
AZITHROMYCIN 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

A 24 56
SPIRONOLACTONE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

25 52
CARVEDILOL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

26 26
LORAZEPAM 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

27 34
FLUOXETINE HCL 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

28 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

28 18
ALLOPURINOL 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

30 30
METFORMIN HCL 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

30 7
CLOPIDOGREL 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

32 43
BUMETANIDE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

33 127
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

34 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

35 16
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 O 35 137
TEMAZEPAM 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 37 60
VALSARTAN 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

38 91
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

38 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

38 44
FINASTERIDE 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

41 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

42 24
CELECOXIB 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

43 55
DIAZEPAM 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 43 70
SERTRALINE HCL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

43 22
ESTRADIOL 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

46 58
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

47 33
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

O 48 40
DULOXETINE HCL 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

49 32
SYMBICORT 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

49 109
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

51 58
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 Oct. 22, 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.