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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,052Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 140 out of 1942

$383K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 257 out of 1942

367 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

10% of this provider’s 367 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 367 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,523 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
FUROSEMIDE 425 393 1 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 422 178 S3 2 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 378 304 3 3
LISINOPRIL 347 219 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 340 235 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 304 206 6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 286 254 7 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 278 260 8 11
SERTRALINE HCL 241 176 9 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 214 162 10 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 188 188 11 30
IBUPROFEN 159 105 12 78
TRAMADOL HCL 151 130 13 19
METFORMIN HCL 146 112 14 10
ATENOLOL 129 104 15 7
TRAZODONE HCL 120 64 16 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 120 105 16 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 107 46 18 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 107 90 18 29
GLIMEPIRIDE 105 90 20 53
METFORMIN HCL ER 97 63 21 46
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 37 22 37
RAMIPRIL 82 66 23 111
CITALOPRAM HBR 80 50 24 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 79 62 25 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 77 73 26 18
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 74 21 R 27 73
NEXIUM 72 20 28 58
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 58 29 8
CRESTOR 66 32 30 34
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 47 30 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 61 32 21
DIGOXIN 64 52 32 40
PROAIR HFA 63 20 34 41
CARVEDILOL 58 58 35 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 57 50 36 14
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 55 42 37 28
PREDNISONE 55 25 37 27
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 40 39 54
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 37 40 64
ALLOPURINOL 52 43 41 26
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 May 6, 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.