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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,805Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 262

$833K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 262

536 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 536 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 536 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 15,308 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 997 870 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 765 688 2 4
LISINOPRIL 673 601 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 629 568 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 576 429 5 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 528 433 6 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 519 487 7 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 468 378 8 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 421 370 9 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 394 342 10 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 345 296 11 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 328 268 12 7
METFORMIN HCL ER 273 194 13 63
DIGOXIN 270 236 14 28
SERTRALINE HCL 259 220 15 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 233 209 16 12
ALLOPURINOL 203 166 17 22
TRAMADOL HCL 202 197 18 18
CRESTOR 200 180 19 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194 194 20 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 191 167 21 41
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 177 176 22 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 159 120 23 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 152 140 24 45
CARVEDILOL 151 115 25 31
ATENOLOL 147 147 26 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 132 27 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 139 139 28 33
METFORMIN HCL 134 121 29 9
LIPITOR 131 79 30 96
PREDNISONE 131 104 30 29
GABAPENTIN 129 118 32 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 127 106 33 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 123 110 34 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 122 121 35 26
VERAPAMIL ER 120 104 36 94
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 113 95 S3 37 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 109 109 38 23
ZETIA 107 70 39 60
CLOPIDOGREL 107 103 39 38
JANTOVEN 107 107 39 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 104 80 42 48
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 103 101 43 27
EVISTA 99 86 44 73
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 96 64 45 42
KLOR-CON M20 95 83 46 98
VYTORIN 94 94 47 134
DILTIAZEM ER 93 93 48 75
ROPINIROLE HCL 90 58 49 95
RAMIPRIL 89 74 50 78
GEMFIBROZIL 89 63 50 92
TAMSULOSIN HCL 87 82 52 25
KLOR-CON 10 86 71 53 72
FENTANYL 85 85 S2 54 40
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 84 84 55 59
DETROL LA 81 69 56 76
VESICARE 75 75 57 138
FAMOTIDINE 74 36 58 65
CHLORTHALIDONE 72 72 59 155
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 40 60 58
MIRTAZAPINE 66 66 61 35
JANUVIA 66 54 61 104
PLAVIX 65 61 63 64
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63 38 64 79
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 54 65 55
HUMALOG 62 49 65 100
PROAIR HFA 62 60 65 53
LANTUS 60 53 68 51
TRAZODONE HCL 59 59 69 36
GLYBURIDE 59 49 R 69 89
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56 50 71 49
PREMARIN 56 56 R 71 125
PRADAXA 55 55 73 209
COLESTIPOL HCL 54 33 74 211
SYNTHROID 54 54 74 115
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 53 41 R 76 68
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 May 10, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.