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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,100Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 1942

$779K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 1942

810 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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

6% of this provider’s 810 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 810 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 13,858 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 946 755 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 837 590 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 656 573 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 557 492 4 6
LISINOPRIL 536 419 5 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 529 337 6 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 466 257 S3 7 12
RANITIDINE HCL 395 281 8 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 373 316 9 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 360 284 10 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 355 323 11 13
ATENOLOL 338 314 12 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 327 306 13 8
SERTRALINE HCL 307 269 14 20
METFORMIN HCL 290 244 15 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 273 261 16 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 269 250 17 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 257 192 18 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 247 209 19 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 236 225 20 30
TRAMADOL HCL 211 176 21 19
NAMENDA 192 174 22 51
GABAPENTIN 191 130 23 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 182 91 24 28
PREDNISONE 148 130 25 27
GLIPIZIDE 143 131 26 63
KLOR-CON M20 132 127 27 97
FENOFIBRATE 128 91 28 82
MIRTAZAPINE 126 109 29 38
NABUMETONE 117 104 30 132
DIGOXIN 115 112 31 40
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 110 92 32 61
TRAZODONE HCL 110 84 32 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 110 110 32 42
FENTANYL 109 86 S2 35 47
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 107 105 36 36
LANTUS 107 102 36 49
LIDODERM 102 81 38 98
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 90 39 67
ALLOPURINOL 97 95 40 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 96 85 41 106
SUCRALFATE 94 44 42 149
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 91 74 43 74
GLIMEPIRIDE 90 79 44 53
FLUOXETINE HCL 88 44 45 45
PROAIR HFA 86 75 46 41
RISPERIDONE 85 41 47 68
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 46 48 21
AZITHROMYCIN 83 67 48 43
HYDRALAZINE HCL 80 75 50 108
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 79 69 51 18
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 79 46 51 70
DIOVAN HCT 79 37 51 114
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 78 78 54 123
CRESTOR 78 70 54 34
NEXIUM 76 28 56 58
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72 64 R 57 65
KLOR-CON 10 71 67 58 102
OXYCODONE HCL 71 40 S2 58 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 45 60 59
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 68 61 61 14
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 67 57 62 54
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 61 63 48
ROPINIROLE HCL 57 35 64 96
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 56 56 65 152
BUSPIRONE HCL 56 14 65 133
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 44 67 104
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53 41 67 25
CEPHALEXIN 51 31 69 119
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 51 49 69 141
TAMSULOSIN HCL 51 33 69 29
IBUPROFEN 50 25 72 78
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 9, 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.