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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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9,438Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 106 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

$461K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 207 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

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

38% 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 Minnesota
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

30% of this provider’s 492 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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Opioids

11% of this provider’s 492 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $76 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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

$501K

2014

$528K

2015

$461K

2016

Number of Claims

7,904

2014

7,981

2015

9,438

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 637

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

600

prescriptions.

113

patients, 23% of all patients

1 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 435

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

430

prescriptions.

79

patients, 16% of all patients

2 1
FUROSEMIDE 376

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

332

prescriptions.

57

patients, 12% of all patients

3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 353

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

297

prescriptions.

60

patients, 12% of all patients

4 5
SIMVASTATIN 327

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

311

prescriptions.

80

patients, 16% of all patients

5 4
LISINOPRIL 293

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

267

prescriptions.

64

patients, 13% of all patients

6 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 283

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

54

patients, 11% of all patients

7 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 239

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

52

patients, 11% of all patients

8 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 199

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

9 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

10 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

11 9
SERTRALINE HCL 171

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

12 17
ATENOLOL 145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

13 13
MIRTAZAPINE 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

14 38
TRAMADOL HCL 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

O 15 19
GABAPENTIN 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

16 12
LORAZEPAM 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

17 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

18 11
FAMOTIDINE* 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

19 73
PREDNISONE 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

19 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

21 51
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

O 21 23
CELECOXIB 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

23 99
CITALOPRAM HBR 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

24 22
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

25 67
WARFARIN SODIUM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

25 10
METFORMIN HCL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

27 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

27 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

29 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

30 24
TRAZODONE HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

31 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

32 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

33 48
JANTOVEN 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 34 37
ALLOPURINOL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 35 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 36 45
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 37 297
BUSPIRONE HCL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 38 101
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 38 59
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 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.