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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,026Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 97

$920K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 97

698 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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
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this specialty
in North Dakota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 698 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 698 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 14,851 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 North Dakota
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 721 647 1 1
LISINOPRIL 659 629 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 582 559 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 493 474 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 485 449 5 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 371 366 6 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 361 356 7 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 343 332 8 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 342 337 9 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 336 331 10 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 288 266 11 10
METFORMIN HCL 287 248 12 12
SERTRALINE HCL 281 280 13 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 272 259 14 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 251 220 S3 15 17
NAMENDA 221 208 16 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 219 209 17 14
MIRTAZAPINE 201 188 18 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 197 185 19 27
FENTANYL 196 195 S2 20 50
CLOPIDOGREL 185 178 21 34
CARVEDILOL 173 164 22 25
ALLOPURINOL 171 162 23 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 170 166 24 19
DIGOXIN 157 156 25 26
LACTULOSE 153 152 26 103
TRAZODONE HCL 146 133 27 42
PLAVIX 143 137 28 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 136 125 29 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 135 129 30 31
ZETIA 127 127 31 51
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 121 32 13
PREDNISONE 110 107 33 23
GABAPENTIN 105 101 34 18
ATENOLOL 101 92 35 15
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 101 101 35 45
RISPERIDONE 101 87 35 70
NOVOLOG 93 80 38 123
TRAMADOL HCL 92 87 39 21
CRESTOR 91 89 40 29
LEVOFLOXACIN 87 81 41 101
LANTUS 87 75 41 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 85 85 43 20
PAROXETINE HCL 83 51 44 56
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 82 81 45 61
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 81 77 46 41
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 80 80 47 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 79 48 40
KLOR-CON 10 78 78 49 65
PROPRANOLOL HCL 76 64 50 83
GEMFIBROZIL 72 66 51 104
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 70 69 52 30
VESICARE 70 70 52 140
INSULIN SYRINGE 70 57 52 88
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 67 64 55 122
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 66 66 56 69
RAMIPRIL 66 66 56 68
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 66 66 56 73
GLIPIZIDE ER 64 64 59 111
HUMALOG 64 64 59 77
LYRICA 63 38 61 100
OLANZAPINE 62 55 62 133
KLOR-CON M10 62 60 62 207
PEN NEEDLE 61 60 64 57
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 60 60 65 47
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 59 47 66 131
SEROQUEL 58 44 67 142
GLIPIZIDE XL 56 56 68 86
ROPINIROLE HCL 56 48 68 98
TERAZOSIN HCL 54 54 70 106
BACLOFEN 52 47 71 173
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 49 72 60
GLYBURIDE 51 36 R 72 75
KLOR-CON M20 51 45 72 92
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 45 75 171
LAMOTRIGINE 50 12 75 235
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 Jan. 12, 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.