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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,300Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 97

$568K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 97

710 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
15% 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 North Dakota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 710 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 710 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 14,471 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 905 830 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 841 806 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 715 680 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 589 544 4 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 546 533 5 13
LISINOPRIL 459 429 6 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 400 375 7 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 358 341 8 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 326 311 9 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 324 316 10 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 315 315 11 8
BUMETANIDE 282 268 12 78
WARFARIN SODIUM 279 279 13 11
FUROSEMIDE 271 263 14 3
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 256 239 15 36
LABETALOL HCL 254 236 16 80
ATENOLOL 235 228 17 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 224 224 18 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 221 220 19 49
GABAPENTIN 195 193 20 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 185 182 21 14
ALLOPURINOL 171 157 22 22
METFORMIN HCL 152 132 23 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 152 125 23 32
DIGOXIN 145 145 25 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 145 139 25 39
CARVEDILOL 142 142 27 25
CHLORTHALIDONE 141 141 28 140
SPIRONOLACTONE 140 127 29 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 128 128 30 31
LOVASTATIN 128 128 30 62
MELOXICAM 126 115 32 87
ADVAIR DISKUS 123 123 33 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 107 34 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 106 35 19
HYDRALAZINE HCL 105 104 36 84
NAMENDA 102 102 37 38
RANITIDINE HCL 97 87 38 67
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 96 96 39 30
LANTUS 96 77 39 43
TRAMADOL HCL 92 82 41 21
SERTRALINE HCL 84 84 42 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 83 77 43 53
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 83 83 43 73
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 82 72 R 45 54
JANUVIA 78 71 46 59
TRAZODONE HCL 78 71 46 42
MIRTAZAPINE 77 77 48 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 76 49 27
PREDNISONE 75 67 50 23
AZITHROMYCIN 72 68 51 64
SYNTHROID 69 69 52 108
DIOVAN 66 66 53 44
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 61 S3 54 17
VERAPAMIL ER 65 46 54 90
CLOPIDOGREL 63 63 56 34
PLAVIX 63 63 56 46
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 58 61
METFORMIN HCL ER 61 47 59 89
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 61 61 59 69
DILTIAZEM ER 58 57 61 85
DIOVAN HCT 57 55 62 135
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56 49 63 41
CRESTOR 56 47 63 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 46 65 52
FENTANYL 51 50 S2 65 50
HUMALOG 50 39 67 77
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 50 67 131
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 Aug. 22, 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.