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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,813Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 214 out of 1942

$491K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 104 out of 1942

534 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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 534 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 534 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,850 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 20%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
SIMVASTATIN 432 365 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 341 206 2 4
LISINOPRIL 328 267 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 253 240 4 9
FUROSEMIDE 242 191 5 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 222 184 6 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 166 63 S3 7 12
ATENOLOL 157 153 8 7
LOVASTATIN 134 100 9 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 121 110 10 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 111 102 11 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 107 68 12 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 84 12 14
GABAPENTIN 104 68 14 16
METFORMIN HCL 104 97 14 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 96 87 16 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 53 17 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 53 18 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 76 19 29
SERTRALINE HCL 78 69 20 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 76 68 21 30
ALLOPURINOL 72 72 22 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 68 23 37
PAROXETINE HCL 67 58 24 50
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 64 S2 25 56
SPIRIVA 65 36 25 57
PROAIR HFA 62 23 27 41
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 35 28 74
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 59 29 48
TRAMADOL HCL 57 38 30 19
GEMFIBROZIL 57 44 30 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 53 32 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 54 37 33 18
COMBIVENT 54 43 33 162
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 53 49 35 17
SYMBICORT 53 50 35 194
DETROL LA 51 12 37 116
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 12 R 37 65
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.