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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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14,381Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

$629K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 102 out of 817 providers in this state and specialty

581 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80% Patients 65 Years and Older

69% 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

3% of this provider’s 465 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

34% of this provider’s 581 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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Opioids

25% of this provider’s 581 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $76 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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

$615K

2014

$670K

2015

$629K

2016

Number of Claims

11,588

2014

12,860

2015

14,381

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 698

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

621

prescriptions.

94

patients, 16% of all patients

1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 614

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

488

prescriptions.

107

patients, 18% of all patients

2 5
FUROSEMIDE 563

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

520

prescriptions.

66

patients, 11% of all patients

3 7
SIMVASTATIN 537

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

478

prescriptions.

97

patients, 17% of all patients

4 4
LISINOPRIL 506

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

451

prescriptions.

86

patients, 15% of all patients

5 2
METFORMIN HCL 351

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

49

patients, 8% of all patients

6 15
TRAMADOL HCL 336

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

50

patients, 9% of all patients

O 7 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 334

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

8 6
JANTOVEN 322

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

317

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

9 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 321

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

262

prescriptions.

56

patients, 10% of all patients

10 14
GABAPENTIN 304

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

55

patients, 9% of all patients

11 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

12 11
ALPRAZOLAM 256

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

13 52
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

65

patients, 11% of all patients

O 14 23
ATENOLOL 209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

15 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 208

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

16 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

17 16
RANITIDINE HCL 191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

18 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

19 8
CARVEDILOL 184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

20 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

21 51
CITALOPRAM HBR 169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

22 22
DIGOXIN 167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

23 82
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

24 50
ROPINIROLE HCL 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

25 70
TAMSULOSIN HCL 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

26 21
TRAZODONE HCL 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

27 18
LORAZEPAM 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

28 34
PREDNISONE 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

29 27
CLOPIDOGREL 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

30 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

31 9
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

A 32 150
GLIPIZIDE 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

33 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

34 20
OXYCODONE HCL 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

O 35 42
LEVOFLOXACIN 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

61

patients, 10% of all patients

A 36 158
CLONAZEPAM 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

37 60
DONEPEZIL HCL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

<11 37 36
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 17

patients, 3% of all patients

39 121
BACLOFEN 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

40 90
SERTRALINE HCL 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

40 17
AZITHROMYCIN 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

67

patients, 12% of all patients

A 42 62
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

42 41
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

44 29
NEXIUM 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

45 171
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

46 26
DULOXETINE HCL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 46 46
PAROXETINE HCL 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

48 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

<11 48 40
CELECOXIB 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 50 99
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

50 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

<11 P 52 54
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

54

patients, 9% of all patients

A 52 134
VENTOLIN HFA 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

54 44
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 55 95
SPIRIVA 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 56 72
FENTANYL 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

O 57 102
MIRTAZAPINE 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 58 38
FINASTERIDE 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

59 55
FLUOXETINE HCL 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 60 48
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

60 35
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 60 59
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 63 104
FAMOTIDINE* 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 64 73
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

65 33
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, 2009.
  • 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.