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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,243Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 807

$770K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 807

700 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

9% of this provider’s 700 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 700 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 14,863 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
OMEPRAZOLE 607 574 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 576 554 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 518 491 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 504 473 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 491 473 5 5
LISINOPRIL 475 450 6 2
ATENOLOL 458 454 7 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 455 448 8 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 395 345 9 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 387 368 10 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 349 329 11 21
GABAPENTIN 327 294 12 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 324 319 13 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 301 239 S3 14 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 299 289 15 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 276 258 16 9
TRAMADOL HCL 262 234 17 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 216 213 18 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 206 19 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 207 207 20 31
TRAZODONE HCL 196 159 21 25
RANITIDINE HCL 194 179 22 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 178 155 23 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 168 160 24 11
METFORMIN HCL ER 165 145 25 61
PREDNISONE 164 146 26 24
ALLOPURINOL 161 156 27 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 155 152 28 14
MIRTAZAPINE 144 126 29 38
SERTRALINE HCL 140 128 30 22
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 124 81 31 91
SPIRONOLACTONE 122 115 32 48
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 118 107 33 36
JANTOVEN 114 114 34 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113 102 35 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 108 107 36 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 108 88 36 23
DIGOXIN 107 107 38 41
METFORMIN HCL 104 90 39 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 86 40 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 97 97 41 30
CRESTOR 96 76 42 32
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 90 74 43 42
CARVEDILOL 87 80 44 35
OXYCODONE HCL 87 82 S2 44 53
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 83 83 46 76
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 66 S2 47 56
NAMENDA 79 79 48 54
LOVASTATIN 78 78 49 39
SPIRIVA 77 75 50 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 73 51 72
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 74 70 52 98
PAROXETINE HCL 72 67 53 49
CLOPIDOGREL 70 64 54 47
AZITHROMYCIN 67 61 55 57
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 66 59 56 40
PEN NEEDLE 65 53 57 63
NAPROXEN 65 43 57 112
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 62 57 59 132
ROPINIROLE HCL 58 52 60 95
BUSPIRONE HCL 57 45 61 160
FAMOTIDINE 57 41 61 90
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 55 23 63 248
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 54 54 64 146
TORSEMIDE 54 54 64 106
FINASTERIDE 51 51 66 89
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 51 66 118
NITROSTAT 50 48 68 104
METHOTREXATE 50 50 68 86
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. 5, 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.