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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,617Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 1942

$615K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 1942

619 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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

5% of this provider’s 619 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 619 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 14,032 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 20%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 947 854 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 651 606 2 6
LISINOPRIL 642 569 3 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 608 548 4 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 593 513 5 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 583 573 6 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 522 502 7 9
OMEPRAZOLE 442 364 8 4
FUROSEMIDE 403 383 9 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 366 334 10 14
METFORMIN HCL 338 310 11 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 305 301 12 11
SERTRALINE HCL 293 243 13 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 284 256 14 22
ATENOLOL 258 244 15 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 183 172 16 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 175 148 17 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 161 106 18 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 160 145 S3 19 12
DIOVAN 157 157 20 44
GABAPENTIN 155 154 21 16
LOVASTATIN 155 144 21 32
ALLOPURINOL 149 141 23 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 145 144 24 17
TRAMADOL HCL 141 127 25 19
LANTUS 139 117 26 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 132 112 27 35
KLOR-CON 10 132 124 27 102
CITALOPRAM HBR 122 119 29 15
CRESTOR 122 82 29 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 117 104 31 37
METFORMIN HCL ER 116 99 32 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 112 112 33 30
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 108 95 34 89
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 98 98 35 42
PREDNISONE 97 87 36 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 96 36 21
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 97 96 36 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93 81 39 23
PROPRANOLOL HCL 85 85 40 101
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 83 83 41 236
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 82 78 42 72
PROAIR HFA 80 64 43 41
RAMIPRIL 78 69 44 111
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 59 45 142
BENAZEPRIL HCL 73 73 45 158
DIOVAN HCT 72 72 47 114
CLOPIDOGREL 71 66 48 55
GLIPIZIDE XL 70 53 49 109
LIPITOR 69 69 50 147
DIGOXIN 67 67 51 40
NEXIUM 66 47 52 58
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 65 53 59
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 61 54 28
GLIMEPIRIDE 64 64 54 53
NOVOLOG 60 45 56 103
PAROXETINE HCL 58 56 57 50
CYMBALTA 57 38 58 62
CLONIDINE HCL 56 56 59 100
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 56 59 45
NAMENDA 56 56 59 51
PLAVIX 55 52 62 83
CELEBREX 55 55 62 93
TERAZOSIN HCL 55 44 62 77
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 54 52 S3 65 90
KLOR-CON M20 53 49 66 97
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 46 67 67
CHLORTHALIDONE 50 49 68 76
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 May 9, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.