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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,612Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 75

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 75

471 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
18% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 471 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,705 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 42%.

Prescription Price

$154 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $140 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 496 429 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 286 250 2 3
PEN NEEDLE 239 194 3 6
LANTUS 203 174 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 199 173 5 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 190 174 6 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 185 150 7 11
INSULIN SYRINGE 180 151 8 14
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 143 104 9 2
CRESTOR 141 134 10 23
NOVOLOG 139 111 11 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 125 114 12 13
LISINOPRIL 123 115 13 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 122 118 14 19
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 114 79 15 41
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 105 70 16 5
HUMALOG 99 80 17 8
FORTEO 97 88 18 33
ACTOS 88 86 19 61
OMEPRAZOLE 81 74 20 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 73 21 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 76 71 22 31
JANUVIA 72 65 23 17
DIOVAN 65 65 24 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 60 56 25 75
METHIMAZOLE 59 54 26 24
ZETIA 58 58 27 46
METFORMIN HCL ER 57 50 28 12
GABAPENTIN 55 44 29 27
LIPITOR 52 48 30 78
RAMIPRIL 52 52 30 78
HYDROCORTISONE 52 28 30 30
PREDNISONE 50 39 33 56
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 50 15 33 81
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.