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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,664Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 807

$949K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 807

675 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

6% of this provider’s 675 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 675 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 15,530 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 22%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 701 620 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 682 638 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 647 602 3 4
LISINOPRIL 531 463 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 494 447 5 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 448 418 6 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 410 379 7 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 364 355 8 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 328 319 9 17
CARVEDILOL 323 298 10 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 321 291 11 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 284 250 12 21
RANITIDINE HCL 260 229 13 34
TRAMADOL HCL 258 222 14 19
ATENOLOL 232 218 15 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 230 209 16 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 226 212 17 14
PREDNISONE 222 195 18 24
GABAPENTIN 216 179 19 16
METFORMIN HCL 188 165 20 12
LOVASTATIN 188 180 20 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 178 22 9
SPIRONOLACTONE 184 160 23 48
RAMIPRIL 184 172 23 131
DONEPEZIL HCL 183 183 25 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 181 180 26 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 179 166 27 36
SERTRALINE HCL 176 170 28 22
ALLOPURINOL 175 167 29 26
METFORMIN HCL ER 162 140 30 61
TERAZOSIN HCL 156 153 31 78
LANTUS 134 124 32 45
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 129 98 S3 33 15
DIGOXIN 127 125 34 41
CLOPIDOGREL 121 120 35 47
JANUVIA 112 77 36 79
NAMENDA 109 109 37 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 109 90 37 23
ROPINIROLE HCL 104 84 39 95
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 104 102 39 121
TRAZODONE HCL 101 96 41 25
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 99 88 42 64
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 97 81 R 43 71
MIRTAZAPINE 96 83 44 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95 85 45 27
AZITHROMYCIN 94 78 46 57
PLAVIX 94 93 46 60
PROAIR HFA 94 67 46 43
SPIRIVA 90 69 49 50
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 72 49 30
FENTANYL 90 67 S2 49 65
JANTOVEN 90 85 49 37
FLUOXETINE HCL 86 74 53 52
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 74 54 72
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 81 66 55 118
NITROSTAT 78 78 56 104
GLIMEPIRIDE 77 59 57 51
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 75 71 58 136
BUMETANIDE 73 69 59 137
CEFPODOXIME PROXETIL 72 70 60 287
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 72 72 60 20
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 69 63 62 108
METHOTREXATE 69 52 62 86
LIDODERM 69 64 62 96
GLIPIZIDE ER 69 64 62 67
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 65 45 66 138
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 54 67 44
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 64 49 67 134
GEMFIBROZIL 63 60 69 74
CYMBALTA 63 43 69 73
LEVOFLOXACIN 61 57 71 129
LYRICA 60 50 72 187
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 57 72 102
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 48 74 98
GLIPIZIDE XL 58 54 75 94
SYMBICORT 56 44 76 116
PROPRANOLOL HCL 55 55 77 101
CLONIDINE HCL 55 42 77 82
PAROXETINE HCL 55 47 77 49
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 53 48 80 222
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 36 80 42
NEXIUM 53 26 80 68
VENLAFAXINE HCL 53 28 80 254
LEVETIRACETAM 52 41 84 119
RISPERIDONE 52 51 84 85
CRESTOR 50 40 86 32
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.