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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,523Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 1942

$520K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 1942

348 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

7% of this provider’s 348 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 348 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 10,008 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 475 410 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 438 423 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 405 353 3 3
LISINOPRIL 400 314 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 368 317 5 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 316 312 6 9
OMEPRAZOLE 313 285 7 4
GABAPENTIN 291 227 8 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 273 265 9 15
METFORMIN HCL 200 192 10 10
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 191 163 11 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 166 12 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 171 168 13 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 162 162 14 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 160 125 S3 15 12
SERTRALINE HCL 130 90 16 20
MIRTAZAPINE 128 122 17 38
JANTOVEN 127 126 18 33
NEXIUM 125 85 19 58
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 119 119 20 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 116 99 21 29
MELOXICAM 113 73 22 81
CARVEDILOL 113 89 22 39
TRAZODONE HCL 108 90 24 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 108 108 24 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 106 103 26 11
PREDNISONE 104 100 27 27
GLIPIZIDE XL 102 91 28 109
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 98 98 29 42
FENTANYL 97 96 S2 30 47
DILTIAZEM ER 96 95 31 121
DIGOXIN 94 94 32 40
ATENOLOL 87 80 33 7
ROPINIROLE HCL 85 78 34 96
CLOPIDOGREL 84 79 35 55
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 79 36 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 83 83 36 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 72 38 21
NAMENDA 81 61 38 51
CELEBREX 79 63 40 93
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 60 40 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 75 56 42 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 69 43 48
SPIRIVA 73 61 44 57
CRESTOR 70 66 45 34
GLIPIZIDE 69 69 46 63
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 69 69 46 106
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 68 65 48 118
JANUVIA 62 62 49 85
OXYCODONE HCL 62 61 S2 49 52
PLAVIX 62 60 49 83
ALLOPURINOL 61 56 52 26
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 59 52 53 89
LANTUS 57 57 54 49
RANITIDINE HCL 57 48 54 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 47 56 35
CYMBALTA 55 43 56 62
FINASTERIDE 54 50 58 86
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 54 58 99
TRAMADOL HCL 53 53 60 19
AGGRENOX 52 29 61 201
TIZANIDINE HCL 51 14 62 160
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 50 42 63 70
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 9, 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.