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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,386Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 379 out of 1942

$355K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 320 out of 1942

177 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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

10% of this provider’s 177 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 177 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 5,401 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 247 225 1 1
LISINOPRIL 241 226 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 193 163 3 4
ATENOLOL 167 152 4 7
METFORMIN HCL 163 127 5 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 137 96 6 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 120 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 129 116 8 6
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 123 123 9 42
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 120 120 10 36
FUROSEMIDE 118 109 11 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 111 11 25
MELOXICAM 107 87 13 81
CITALOPRAM HBR 94 79 14 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 91 90 15 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 83 82 16 9
TRAMADOL HCL 82 66 17 19
NEXIUM 78 76 18 58
LIDODERM 75 72 19 98
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 70 67 20 74
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 69 21 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 59 22 18
PLAVIX 65 60 23 83
EVISTA 62 62 24 126
ALLOPURINOL 62 50 24 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 31 S3 26 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 60 60 27 11
MIRTAZAPINE 56 56 28 38
NIFEDIPINE ER 54 54 29 139
MECLIZINE HCL 51 51 30 190
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 Oct. 16, 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.