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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,025Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 807

$588K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 72 out of 807

460 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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 avg Average for
this specialty
in Minnesota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,136 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Minnesota
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 635 576 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 580 503 2 1
LISINOPRIL 502 426 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 476 389 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 397 384 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 393 376 6 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 359 329 7 13
GABAPENTIN 356 241 8 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 326 284 9 8
TRAMADOL HCL 298 270 10 19
PREDNISONE 281 257 11 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 273 233 12 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 263 239 13 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 256 201 14 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 223 221 15 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 220 219 16 14
METFORMIN HCL 213 181 17 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 176 172 18 44
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 168 143 19 29
SPIRONOLACTONE 159 155 20 48
GLIPIZIDE XL 147 131 21 94
TRAZODONE HCL 142 114 22 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 136 108 23 10
JANTOVEN 132 132 24 37
RANITIDINE HCL 126 91 25 34
HYDRALAZINE HCL 111 100 26 62
ATENOLOL 105 102 27 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 104 78 S3 28 15
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 101 67 29 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 97 87 30 11
DIOVAN 96 81 31 46
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 96 90 31 30
SERTRALINE HCL 93 79 33 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 89 89 34 31
LOVASTATIN 88 76 35 39
ALLOPURINOL 85 82 36 26
PAROXETINE HCL 83 67 37 49
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 78 78 38 108
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 53 39 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 73 40 21
CARVEDILOL 75 62 41 35
LANTUS 74 74 42 45
PROPRANOLOL HCL 74 48 42 101
MIRTAZAPINE 72 53 44 38
DIGOXIN 71 70 45 41
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 68 46 72
FLUOXETINE HCL 66 63 47 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 48 48 27
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 64 37 48 172
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 52 48 118
NAMENDA 63 63 51 54
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 61 51 115
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 62 53 33
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 61 49 54 70
CYMBALTA 61 54 54 73
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 60 37 56 75
LEVOFLOXACIN 60 52 56 129
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 42 R 58 71
LEVETIRACETAM 56 41 59 119
CEFUROXIME 55 46 60 242
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 55 55 60 64
FLUCONAZOLE 54 54 62 244
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 41 63 103
AMIODARONE HCL 53 53 63 164
AZITHROMYCIN 50 49 65 57
PROAIR HFA 50 41 65 43
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 50 35 65 121
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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.