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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,901Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 807

$818K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 807

576 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 576 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 576 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 12,463 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
SIMVASTATIN 849 775 1 1
LISINOPRIL 670 626 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 653 576 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 597 537 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 463 436 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 437 409 6 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 385 342 7 17
ATENOLOL 370 356 8 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 352 336 9 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 340 315 10 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 324 319 11 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 280 268 12 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 222 200 13 10
GABAPENTIN 215 176 14 16
TRAMADOL HCL 208 183 15 19
METFORMIN HCL 203 193 16 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 193 190 17 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 183 167 18 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 169 138 19 11
JANTOVEN 164 151 20 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 152 146 21 27
TRAZODONE HCL 116 90 22 25
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 113 83 23 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 112 108 24 21
DIOVAN 109 90 25 46
ALLOPURINOL 105 94 26 26
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 104 70 27 75
SERTRALINE HCL 98 95 28 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 90 72 29 29
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 88 55 30 91
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 81 72 31 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 79 31 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 79 33 55
PEN NEEDLE 77 53 34 63
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 52 35 52
DETROL LA 74 74 36 149
GEMFIBROZIL 74 74 36 74
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 74 36 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 72 72 39 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 70 55 S3 40 15
NOVOLOG 67 40 41 84
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 65 41 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 65 43 44
CLOPIDOGREL 65 55 44 47
CARVEDILOL 65 64 44 35
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 65 63 44 70
CELEBREX 64 64 47 87
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 63 58 48 118
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 62 62 49 110
PAROXETINE HCL 61 49 50 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 59 51 36
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 59 46 51 64
RANITIDINE HCL 58 57 53 34
PREDNISONE 58 51 53 24
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 45 55 115
CRESTOR 54 47 56 32
PREMARIN 52 50 R 57 159
CYMBALTA 51 39 58 73
AGGRENOX 50 50 59 161
PLAVIX 50 44 59 60
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 Dec. 13, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.