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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,360Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 97

$806K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 97

641 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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 641 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 641 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 17,035 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 947 863 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 829 801 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 697 662 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 690 589 4 2
LISINOPRIL 683 632 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 664 644 6 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 583 549 7 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 494 481 8 11
SERTRALINE HCL 424 412 9 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 409 390 10 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 364 346 11 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 335 280 12 13
ATENOLOL 326 310 13 15
METFORMIN HCL 318 257 14 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 293 281 15 39
GABAPENTIN 282 247 16 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 274 259 17 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 271 271 18 24
ALLOPURINOL 254 240 19 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 250 231 20 8
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 245 224 21 45
NAMENDA 196 196 22 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 187 170 23 20
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 179 167 24 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 174 147 25 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 173 173 26 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 158 135 S3 27 17
MIRTAZAPINE 156 156 28 35
TRAMADOL HCL 143 137 29 21
RAMIPRIL 131 118 30 68
DIGOXIN 130 122 31 26
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 128 107 32 41
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 125 125 33 28
CARVEDILOL 120 120 34 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 115 35 31
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 118 118 36 27
CRESTOR 114 92 37 29
PROPRANOLOL HCL 111 105 38 83
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 103 98 39 52
CLOPIDOGREL 99 98 40 34
GEMFIBROZIL 90 89 41 104
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 89 86 42 69
VESICARE 84 72 43 140
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 84 70 43 96
PEN NEEDLE 83 76 45 57
SYNTHROID 81 67 46 108
SPIRONOLACTONE 80 80 47 33
FENTANYL 79 79 S2 48 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 78 55 49 53
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 77 49 60
RISPERIDONE 77 77 51 70
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 75 52 98
CLONIDINE HCL 71 65 53 72
PROAIR HFA 70 63 54 76
NEXIUM 68 62 55 66
KLOR-CON 10 68 68 55 65
PLAVIX 67 67 57 46
FENOFIBRATE 63 55 58 113
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 59 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 58 60 40
VENLAFAXINE HCL 61 61 60 210
SPIRIVA 61 39 60 48
DIOVAN 58 55 63 44
PAROXETINE HCL 57 57 64 56
FINASTERIDE 57 57 64 58
KLOR-CON M20 57 57 64 92
PREDNISONE 53 53 67 23
BENICAR 52 52 68 138
LIPITOR 52 45 68 91
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 50 50 70 235
FAMOTIDINE 50 50 70 105
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 50 70 63
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. 17, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.