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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,344Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 807

$805K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 807

520 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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

4% of this provider’s 520 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 520 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 14,383 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 897 833 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 812 770 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 590 535 3 4
LISINOPRIL 589 549 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 543 538 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 532 502 6 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 458 452 7 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 409 408 8 18
CARVEDILOL 338 327 9 35
ATENOLOL 320 288 10 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 302 298 11 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 298 271 12 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 262 255 13 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 254 254 14 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 252 248 15 55
SERTRALINE HCL 242 223 16 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 227 221 17 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 215 205 18 10
GABAPENTIN 200 172 19 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 188 20 8
PAROXETINE HCL 183 173 21 49
METFORMIN HCL 174 162 22 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 171 166 23 20
CRESTOR 156 152 24 32
SPIRONOLACTONE 141 141 25 48
METFORMIN HCL ER 140 133 26 61
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 127 127 27 132
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 115 S3 28 15
JANTOVEN 116 110 29 37
PROPRANOLOL HCL 110 97 30 101
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 109 109 31 36
TRAMADOL HCL 107 100 32 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 107 107 32 31
MELOXICAM 103 96 34 105
RANITIDINE HCL 99 90 35 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 89 89 36 29
CLOPIDOGREL 87 81 37 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 86 81 38 27
ROPINIROLE HCL 84 84 39 95
GLIPIZIDE 84 77 39 58
CITALOPRAM HBR 84 84 39 17
LANTUS 83 83 42 45
PROAIR HFA 83 82 42 43
DIOVAN HCT 83 83 42 166
DIOVAN 81 81 45 46
PREDNISONE 80 71 46 24
TRAZODONE HCL 79 68 47 25
GEMFIBROZIL 79 75 47 74
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 72 47 33
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 78 78 50 70
AMIODARONE HCL 78 78 50 164
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75 68 52 23
ZETIA 73 73 53 59
PLAVIX 68 64 54 60
FENTANYL 67 49 S2 55 65
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65 54 56 42
NAMENDA 58 58 57 54
SPIRIVA 57 57 58 50
GLIPIZIDE ER 56 49 59 67
ALLOPURINOL 54 51 60 26
CELEBREX 53 53 61 87
HUMALOG 53 53 61 124
FAMOTIDINE 52 52 63 90
GLIPIZIDE XL 50 42 64 94
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 Nov. 18, 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.