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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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11,533Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

$617K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 69 out of 221 providers in this state and specialty

586 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older

19% 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

16% of this provider’s 586 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

19% of this provider’s 586 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $91 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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

$563K

2014

$631K

2015

$617K

2016

Number of Claims

10,627

2014

11,528

2015

11,533

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 977

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

909

prescriptions.

171

patients, 29% of all patients

1 1
LISINOPRIL 486

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

456

prescriptions.

126

patients, 22% of all patients

2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 382

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

344

prescriptions.

95

patients, 16% of all patients

3 2
SIMVASTATIN 376

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

359

prescriptions.

85

patients, 15% of all patients

4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 341

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

314

prescriptions.

65

patients, 11% of all patients

O 5 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 317

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

84

patients, 14% of all patients

6 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 283

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

74

patients, 13% of all patients

7 6
METFORMIN HCL 258

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

70

patients, 12% of all patients

8 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

66

patients, 11% of all patients

9 3
GABAPENTIN 231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

47

patients, 8% of all patients

10 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

53

patients, 9% of all patients

11 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 207

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

56

patients, 10% of all patients

12 29
SERTRALINE HCL 199

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

13 22
MELOXICAM 196

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

14 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

15 20
TRAZODONE HCL 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

16 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

17 25
TRAMADOL HCL 162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

O 17 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

19 12
ALLOPURINOL 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

20 30
ALPRAZOLAM 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

21 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

22 18
FUROSEMIDE 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

23 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

23 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

25 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

26 27
MIRTAZAPINE 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

27 69
CLONAZEPAM 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

28 36
METFORMIN HCL ER 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

28 37
CARVEDILOL 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

30 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

31 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

31 21
ATENOLOL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

33 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

34 41
FENOFIBRATE* 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

34 67
LOVASTATIN 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

34 81
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

34 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

38 23
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

39 75
LORAZEPAM 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

39 34
IBUPROFEN 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

39 54
PROAIR HFA 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

42 77
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

43 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

44 24
PAROXETINE HCL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

44 63
CLOPIDOGREL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

46 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

46 83
DULOXETINE HCL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

48 32
FLUOXETINE HCL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

48 28
TIZANIDINE HCL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

48 82
LANTUS 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

51 50
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

52 107
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

53 111
OXYCODONE HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 O 54 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

54 44
ROPINIROLE HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

56 65
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

57 42
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

58 49
FAMOTIDINE* 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

59 119
BUPROPION HCL SR 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 59 73
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 May 13, 2013.
  • 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.