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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,267Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 124 out of 1942

$537K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 65 out of 1942

618 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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
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this specialty
in Minnesota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 618 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 618 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,784 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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 389 339 1 1
LISINOPRIL 340 268 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 273 203 3 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 259 140 S3 4 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 252 226 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 243 195 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 241 206 7 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 232 223 8 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 210 179 9 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 197 154 10 13
ATENOLOL 192 182 11 7
METFORMIN HCL 170 151 12 10
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 146 58 S2 13 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 102 14 8
TRAZODONE HCL 130 90 15 24
SERTRALINE HCL 128 119 16 20
OXYCODONE HCL 124 45 S2 17 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 117 68 18 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 96 74 19 17
GABAPENTIN 92 61 20 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 91 83 21 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 89 76 22 18
HYDRALAZINE HCL 86 84 23 108
LOVASTATIN 82 65 24 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 71 25 21
MIRTAZAPINE 80 32 26 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 75 65 27 23
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 73 27 28 54
ALLOPURINOL 70 57 29 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 60 29 22
TRAMADOL HCL 69 43 31 19
PREDNISONE 67 47 32 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 66 33 42
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 59 34 36
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 63 35 72
CLOPIDOGREL 62 62 36 55
KLOR-CON M20 56 52 37 97
GLYBURIDE 54 50 R 38 69
OXYCONTIN 53 35 S2 39 84
METHOCARBAMOL 53 17 R 39 246
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. 7, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.