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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,223Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 97

$840K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 97

519 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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

7% of this provider’s 519 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 519 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 14,017 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 709 672 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 651 587 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 625 613 3 3
CRESTOR 472 454 4 29
OMEPRAZOLE 429 392 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 379 372 6 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 360 354 7 9
LISINOPRIL 345 318 8 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 327 315 9 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 310 293 10 8
DIGOXIN 258 247 11 26
METFORMIN HCL 257 251 12 12
JANTOVEN 256 241 13 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 232 219 14 14
ATENOLOL 232 229 14 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 220 209 16 11
SERTRALINE HCL 178 164 17 16
TRAMADOL HCL 177 144 18 21
CLOPIDOGREL 174 165 19 34
DIOVAN 169 169 20 44
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 167 164 S3 21 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 166 154 22 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 154 154 23 10
CYMBALTA 151 128 24 80
NAMENDA 144 144 25 38
FAMOTIDINE 143 126 26 105
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 143 137 26 19
GLYBURIDE 135 127 R 28 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123 117 29 31
ALLOPURINOL 122 119 30 22
PLAVIX 114 110 31 46
RISPERIDONE 110 110 32 70
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 103 33 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 105 83 34 32
LANTUS 99 87 35 43
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 97 90 36 151
GABAPENTIN 93 78 37 18
PREDNISONE 92 79 38 23
PROAIR HFA 90 78 39 76
CARVEDILOL 87 87 40 25
LEVOFLOXACIN 87 74 40 101
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 82 82 42 148
AZITHROMYCIN 82 71 42 64
SPIRIVA 78 62 44 48
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 78 44 30
TRAZODONE HCL 76 65 46 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 76 46 28
CLONIDINE HCL 75 75 48 72
CITALOPRAM HBR 70 54 49 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 70 70 49 24
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 67 67 51 73
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65 40 52 41
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 65 58 52 93
VERAPAMIL ER 63 63 54 90
RAMIPRIL 63 51 54 68
HUMALOG 62 56 56 77
PROPRANOLOL HCL 59 43 57 83
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 59 57 36
NIASPAN 58 52 59 216
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 28 S2 60 117
DIOVAN HCT 56 56 61 135
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 31 62 40
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54 54 R 63 54
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 54 34 63 223
SINGULAIR 52 44 65 115
METOLAZONE 50 42 66 112
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 40 66 53
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 50 49 66 45
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 6, 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.