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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,122Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 335 out of 807

$216K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 447 out of 807

280 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
17% 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

8% of this provider’s 280 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 280 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 4,540 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 333 302 1 1
LISINOPRIL 277 246 2 2
ATENOLOL 236 233 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 173 150 4 4
TRAZODONE HCL 159 125 5 25
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 157 148 6 3
SERTRALINE HCL 154 131 7 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 148 148 8 10
FUROSEMIDE 121 114 9 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 119 114 10 20
METFORMIN HCL 118 88 11 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 116 75 S3 12 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 108 105 13 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 107 107 14 5
DIGOXIN 101 101 15 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 79 77 16 27
GABAPENTIN 77 63 17 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 64 18 36
LOVASTATIN 73 68 19 39
PREDNISONE 68 48 20 24
RANITIDINE HCL 66 56 21 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 51 22 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 61 23 44
NITROSTAT 56 52 24 104
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 51 25 14
MELOXICAM 55 41 25 105
NAMENDA 54 54 27 54
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 50 50 28 8
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 Dec. 1, 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.