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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,103Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 75 out of 262

$387K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 55 out of 262

271 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

4% of this provider’s 271 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 271 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,603 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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
OMEPRAZOLE 232 146 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 228 132 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 195 148 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 192 150 4 1
METFORMIN HCL 164 137 5 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 148 132 6 13
LISINOPRIL 145 104 7 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 137 105 8 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 131 85 9 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 121 109 10 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 116 112 11 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 70 12 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 80 13 7
ATENOLOL 85 75 14 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 77 14 17
NAMENDA 85 73 14 37
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 80 77 17 79
GLIMEPIRIDE 75 59 18 45
CRESTOR 75 60 18 30
ALLOPURINOL 73 47 20 22
SERTRALINE HCL 69 24 21 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 54 22 48
MIRTAZAPINE 62 30 23 35
VYTORIN 62 58 23 134
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 61 25 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 57 52 26 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 35 S3 26 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 47 28 43
PROAIR HFA 54 49 28 53
CLOPIDOGREL 52 52 30 38
BENAZEPRIL HCL 51 40 31 99
PREDNISONE 51 38 31 29
TRICOR 51 30 31 101
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.