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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,263Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 97

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 97

596 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 596 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 596 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 17,795 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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
FUROSEMIDE 716 681 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 711 671 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 707 680 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 669 616 4 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 522 505 5 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 433 408 6 8
LISINOPRIL 402 376 7 4
SPIRONOLACTONE 366 361 8 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 326 314 9 14
METFORMIN HCL 313 284 10 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 307 289 11 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 305 274 12 11
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 262 230 13 55
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 252 237 14 6
CRESTOR 240 234 15 29
ALLOPURINOL 234 234 16 22
JANTOVEN 223 223 17 37
MIRTAZAPINE 220 186 18 35
CLOPIDOGREL 204 199 19 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 203 191 20 27
AVODART 194 192 21 94
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 191 188 22 73
CITALOPRAM HBR 180 168 23 20
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 175 173 24 30
CARVEDILOL 174 174 25 25
JANUVIA 168 155 26 59
ATENOLOL 160 160 27 15
DIGOXIN 160 148 27 26
TRAMADOL HCL 160 148 27 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 156 156 30 24
IBUPROFEN 155 151 31 126
GABAPENTIN 155 141 31 18
BYSTOLIC 153 151 33 99
SPIRIVA 150 150 34 48
RAMIPRIL 149 147 35 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 147 128 36 31
PREDNISONE 145 130 37 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140 139 38 49
LANTUS 138 138 39 43
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 135 125 40 45
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 133 104 S3 41 17
ADVAIR DISKUS 131 114 42 40
DILTIAZEM ER 128 116 43 85
CELEBREX 122 115 44 95
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 122 117 44 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 119 114 46 39
PLAVIX 119 119 46 46
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 117 117 48 96
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 116 102 49 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 101 50 13
ZETIA 107 104 51 51
TRAZODONE HCL 105 104 52 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 92 52 9
BUSPIRONE HCL 101 94 54 107
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 100 96 55 41
SERTRALINE HCL 94 92 56 16
SYNTHROID 90 87 57 108
LOVAZA 88 75 58 146
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 71 59 36
KLOR-CON 8 82 82 60 138
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 80 69 61 93
RISPERIDONE 80 58 61 70
DIOVAN 78 72 63 44
GLYBURIDE 76 76 R 64 75
COUMADIN 74 74 65 187
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 73 22 66 82
BENAZEPRIL HCL 73 73 66 109
NAMENDA 72 59 68 38
SALSALATE 72 72 68 189
PROPRANOLOL HCL 71 63 70 83
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 70 70 71 61
LIPITOR 68 68 72 91
HUMALOG 68 67 72 77
EXELON 67 67 74 163
NEXIUM 67 51 74 66
FINASTERIDE 66 60 76 58
KLOR-CON 10 66 66 76 65
SINGULAIR 66 53 76 115
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 54 79 63
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 57 80 201
COLESTIPOL HCL 62 50 81 207
JANUMET 61 61 82 210
CYMBALTA 61 52 82 80
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 60 60 84 171
TAMIFLU 59 54 85 169
VAGIFEM 58 58 86 216
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 58 57 86 158
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 56 56 88 136
BUMETANIDE 56 54 88 78
METFORMIN HCL ER 54 50 90 89
OLANZAPINE 53 46 91 133
CLONIDINE HCL 52 37 92 72
VERAPAMIL ER 50 50 93 90
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.