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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,732Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 807

$837K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 807

507 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 507 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 507 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 14,619 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 1,117 1,050 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 577 525 2 4
LISINOPRIL 567 521 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 545 538 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 511 488 5 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 503 500 6 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 414 383 7 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 403 401 8 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 360 345 9 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 345 333 10 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 324 321 11 13
GABAPENTIN 311 261 12 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 268 216 S3 13 15
JANTOVEN 265 265 14 37
METFORMIN HCL 211 178 15 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 192 185 16 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 187 181 17 14
PREDNISONE 174 169 18 24
DIGOXIN 163 151 19 41
CRESTOR 158 155 20 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 151 151 21 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 150 137 22 11
ADVAIR DISKUS 147 129 23 33
TRAMADOL HCL 144 103 24 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 144 24 27
CLOPIDOGREL 138 126 26 47
ROPINIROLE HCL 138 134 26 95
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 131 28 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 125 29 55
EVISTA 120 120 30 128
DIOVAN 117 100 31 46
ALLOPURINOL 114 114 32 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 111 108 33 51
DILTIAZEM ER 109 109 34 109
SYMBICORT 109 104 34 116
WARFARIN SODIUM 107 102 36 10
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 103 88 37 42
NAMENDA 92 92 38 54
SPIRONOLACTONE 91 76 39 48
FINASTERIDE 91 91 39 89
CARVEDILOL 86 74 41 35
LANTUS 85 85 42 45
DIOVAN HCT 84 83 43 166
PLAVIX 84 81 43 60
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 83 83 R 45 71
FENTANYL 83 77 S2 45 65
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 79 79 47 36
ATENOLOL 77 73 48 7
MIRTAZAPINE 75 75 49 38
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 72 62 50 115
VERAPAMIL ER 71 71 51 153
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 45 51 52
NIFEDIPINE ER 69 69 53 163
METHOTREXATE 69 69 53 86
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 69 53 30
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 67 64 56 40
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 66 57 72
NEXIUM 66 49 57 68
JANUMET 61 59 59 245
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 61 58 59 66
SERTRALINE HCL 59 57 61 22
RISPERIDONE 59 59 61 85
TRAZODONE HCL 59 48 61 25
DETROL LA 56 38 64 149
JANUVIA 56 34 64 79
INDAPAMIDE 56 46 64 250
KLOR-CON 10 55 55 67 81
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 53 49 68 198
PAROXETINE HCL 52 40 69 49
CALCITRIOL 50 50 70 142
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 Aug. 2, 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.