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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,428Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 29 providers in this state and specialty

$1.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 29 providers in this state and specialty

600 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% 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 Iowa
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 513 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

0 of this provider’s 600 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid

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Brand Name Drugs

42% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 49%.

Prescription Price

$220 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $305 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$994K

2014

$1.1M

2015

$1.41M

2016

Number of Claims

5,693

2014

6,071

2015

6,428

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 1,016

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

839

prescriptions.

157

patients, 26% of all patients

1 1
GLIMEPIRIDE 421

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

375

prescriptions.

113

patients, 19% of all patients

2 5
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 360

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

327

prescriptions.

90

patients, 15% of all patients

3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 268

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

79

patients, 13% of all patients

4 14
METFORMIN HCL 256

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

75

patients, 13% of all patients

5 3
METHIMAZOLE 246

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

49

patients, 8% of all patients

6 11
METFORMIN HCL ER 239

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

70

patients, 12% of all patients

7 8
LANTUS 216

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

8 7
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 204

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

48

patients, 8% of all patients

9 6
LISINOPRIL 171

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

49

patients, 8% of all patients

10 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 168

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

11 18
HUMALOG 143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

12 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

13 21
NOVOLIN N 137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

14 29
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

15 4
NOVOLOG 132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

16 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

17 33
CARVEDILOL 120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

17 39
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100 107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

19 10
INSULIN SYRINGE* 100

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

20 24
HUMULIN N 97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

21 41
SIMVASTATIN 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

22 15
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

23 13
GABAPENTIN 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

24 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

25 31
HYDROCORTISONE 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

26 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

27 52
LEVEMIR 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

28 23
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 Jan. 6, 2012.
  • 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.