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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,809Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 97

$933K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 97

553 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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 553 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 553 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 14,233 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$59 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
FUROSEMIDE 767 716 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 762 697 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 577 571 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 563 501 4 5
LISINOPRIL 495 451 5 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 447 414 6 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 389 374 7 11
SIMVASTATIN 380 289 8 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 325 325 9 7
NAMENDA 303 303 10 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 297 287 11 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 279 260 12 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 248 242 13 8
SERTRALINE HCL 229 209 14 16
METFORMIN HCL 216 174 15 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 206 186 16 39
MIRTAZAPINE 203 203 17 35
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 182 182 18 102
ALLOPURINOL 164 163 19 22
GABAPENTIN 158 149 20 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 156 146 21 27
DIGOXIN 139 139 22 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 137 111 23 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 122 24 9
CRESTOR 122 108 25 29
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 115 113 26 30
LEVETIRACETAM 115 40 26 150
LANTUS 113 111 28 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 112 112 29 20
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 107 94 30 41
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 106 31 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 104 104 32 28
RISPERIDONE 104 103 32 70
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 101 94 34 13
CLOPIDOGREL 99 99 35 34
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 97 94 S3 36 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 92 92 37 53
KLOR-CON M20 88 75 38 92
TRAMADOL HCL 84 79 39 21
LIPITOR 84 80 39 91
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 83 83 41 69
RAMIPRIL 81 68 42 68
CARVEDILOL 80 79 43 25
PEN NEEDLE 80 80 43 57
PROPRANOLOL HCL 78 78 45 83
TRAZODONE HCL 76 50 46 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 76 70 46 93
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 76 76 46 61
SPIRONOLACTONE 75 59 49 33
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 69 54 50 47
ATENOLOL 69 65 50 15
ZETIA 68 55 52 51
IBUPROFEN 67 0 53 126
FINASTERIDE 66 66 54 58
PREDNISONE 66 54 54 23
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 65 65 56 197
METOLAZONE 64 64 57 112
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 42 57 40
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 63 33 59 144
INSULIN SYRINGE 62 60 60 88
SPIRIVA 61 37 61 48
AZITHROMYCIN 61 58 61 64
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 59 63 60
DIOVAN 60 60 63 44
LYRICA 60 55 63 100
EXELON 60 60 63 163
JANUVIA 59 47 67 59
HUMALOG 59 37 67 77
GLIPIZIDE 59 59 67 78
FENTANYL 58 58 S2 70 50
DETROL LA 57 53 71 119
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 56 32 72 45
VESICARE 54 37 73 140
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 38 73 82
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 54 73 55
FAMOTIDINE 52 52 76 105
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 June 26, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.