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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,001Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 262

$588K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 262

362 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

9% of this provider’s 362 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 362 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 10,270 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 521 421 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 365 325 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 356 284 3 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 339 306 4 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 322 292 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 309 268 6 4
LISINOPRIL 274 244 7 3
METFORMIN HCL 247 211 8 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 245 206 9 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 234 205 10 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 231 151 S3 11 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 199 189 12 8
GABAPENTIN 196 175 13 19
MIRTAZAPINE 178 152 14 35
SERTRALINE HCL 175 156 15 14
TRAZODONE HCL 169 147 16 36
MELOXICAM 169 158 16 54
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 137 18 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 150 140 19 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 147 147 20 23
CEPHALEXIN 134 89 21 69
ATENOLOL 129 105 22 16
PREDNISONE 122 100 23 29
ALLOPURINOL 105 98 24 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 85 25 17
CARVEDILOL 96 81 26 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 93 93 27 13
LYRICA 89 73 28 86
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 87 87 29 32
DIGOXIN 87 76 29 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 85 67 31 46
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 83 81 32 42
TRAMADOL HCL 83 62 32 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 83 69 32 26
FAMOTIDINE 82 81 35 65
CYMBALTA 81 66 36 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 77 64 37 21
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 66 37 55
FENTANYL 72 54 S2 39 40
PROPRANOLOL HCL 70 70 40 82
AZITHROMYCIN 70 56 40 44
CLOPIDOGREL 69 61 42 38
NAMENDA 63 63 43 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 56 44 52
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 60 58 45 90
TERAZOSIN HCL 59 39 46 126
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 59 46 102
DIOVAN 59 58 46 47
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 32 R 49 68
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 55 28 50 124
AVODART 55 55 50 120
TAMSULOSIN HCL 55 55 50 25
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 50 50 83
NEXIUM 55 42 50 57
ZETIA 54 47 55 60
RANITIDINE HCL 52 52 56 62
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 34 57 112
NAPROXEN 51 47 57 122
LANTUS 51 41 57 51
PREMARIN 51 19 R 57 125
PROAIR HFA 50 39 61 53
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 50 50 61 225
OXYCODONE HCL 50 21 S2 61 83
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 35 R 61 110
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 50 61 33
PAROXETINE HCL 50 32 61 56
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 Aug. 23, 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.