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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,733Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 262

$629K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 262

452 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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 North Dakota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 452 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 452 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,191 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 North Dakota
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 516 449 1 2
LISINOPRIL 474 364 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 439 377 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 415 293 4 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 411 357 5 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 408 366 6 7
FUROSEMIDE 367 298 7 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 357 318 8 13
ATENOLOL 340 287 9 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 307 278 10 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 265 252 11 17
METFORMIN HCL 264 211 12 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 252 187 13 10
SERTRALINE HCL 187 133 14 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 185 120 S3 15 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 185 145 15 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 168 120 17 12
CRESTOR 153 139 18 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 141 112 19 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 134 120 20 26
TRAMADOL HCL 126 113 21 18
FENTANYL 124 116 S2 22 40
SPIRIVA 115 88 23 61
JANTOVEN 109 97 24 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 70 25 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 104 96 26 32
ALLOPURINOL 96 84 27 22
DILTIAZEM ER 90 86 28 75
GLIMEPIRIDE 90 79 28 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 84 84 30 33
CLOPIDOGREL 81 71 31 38
FLUOXETINE HCL 78 65 32 46
VENTOLIN HFA 78 52 32 142
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 50 34 48
CELEBREX 73 63 34 91
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 72 72 36 21
NAMENDA 72 72 36 37
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 71 39 R 38 68
METFORMIN HCL ER 71 38 38 63
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 70 52 40 49
PEN NEEDLE 69 50 41 108
PAROXETINE HCL 68 47 42 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 67 67 43 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 47 44 41
NEXIUM 66 41 44 57
DIGOXIN 65 65 46 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 57 47 43
LIPITOR 64 41 47 96
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 52 49 59
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 62 29 50 111
DETROL LA 61 61 51 76
CYMBALTA 61 60 51 67
RAMIPRIL 60 34 53 78
VERAPAMIL ER 58 46 54 94
DIOVAN 55 55 55 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 37 56 52
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 50 57 24
LYRICA 53 29 57 86
PREDNISONE 53 46 57 29
RANITIDINE HCL 52 30 60 62
PLAVIX 51 49 61 64
TAMSULOSIN HCL 51 43 61 25
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 May 24, 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.