ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

5,900Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 278 out of 807

$320K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 304 out of 807

323 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

13% of this provider’s 323 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 323 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,336 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


Another View

This chart shows a different comparison of all providers in this specialty based on their mix of drugs and volume. Providers are grouped by similarity; those least like their peers are farthest to the right. Hover over the bars to see names of other prescribers.

← Prescribers more like their peers Prescribers less like their peers →
KEY: How to read this
chart

Fewer Prescribers
More Prescribers

This Prescriber
Hover to see more prescribers

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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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
LISINOPRIL 288 230 1 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 232 186 2 13
FUROSEMIDE 231 180 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 220 195 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 183 153 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 176 159 6 8
OMEPRAZOLE 151 129 7 4
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 135 105 S2 8 56
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 134 105 9 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 130 81 S3 10 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 122 79 11 10
METFORMIN HCL 117 89 12 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 90 13 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 95 80 14 18
ATENOLOL 84 84 15 7
TRAMADOL HCL 76 34 16 19
GABAPENTIN 75 43 17 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 61 28 18 17
OXYCONTIN 60 20 S2 19 111
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 39 20 33
OXYCODONE HCL 59 18 S2 20 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 57 30 22 11
PROAIR HFA 57 32 22 43
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 46 24 14
FENTANYL 54 16 S2 25 65
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 53 26 28
PAROXETINE HCL 53 33 26 49
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53 53 26 27
MIRTAZAPINE 50 50 29 38
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 »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to drugs@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to drugs@propublica.org.

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 Dec. 1, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.