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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,790Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 97

$908K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 97

971 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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 North Dakota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 971 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 971 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 28,397 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$30 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 1,575 1,497 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,495 1,448 2 5
PREDNISONE 1,391 1,362 3 23
SIMVASTATIN 1,152 1,126 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 1,118 1,094 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 940 915 6 7
METFORMIN HCL 910 872 7 12
SPIRONOLACTONE 893 879 10 8 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 879 867 9 11
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 647 597 10 10 30
LISINOPRIL 637 599 11 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 611 593 12 6
JANTOVEN 562 547 13 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 550 521 14 10
SERTRALINE HCL 510 466 15 16
ATENOLOL 504 498 16 15
DIGOXIN 433 422 17 26
ALLOPURINOL 397 382 18 22
GABAPENTIN 395 372 19 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 392 387 20 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 388 337 S3 21 17
FINASTERIDE 367 351 22 58
CLONIDINE HCL 310 308 23 72
CITALOPRAM HBR 304 267 24 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 296 272 25 8
AMOXICILLIN 276 266 26 124
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 259 258 27 120
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 255 251 28 13
KLOR-CON 10 221 220 29 65
FLUOXETINE HCL 218 215 30 63
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 217 197 R 31 54
TRAMADOL HCL 217 214 31 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 215 208 33 28
NAMENDA 213 213 34 38
FENTANYL 211 211 S2 35 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 203 203 36 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 188 144 37 32
METOLAZONE 180 180 38 112
RANITIDINE HCL 165 160 39 67
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 165 160 39 122
LANTUS 159 149 41 43
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 157 150 42 60
MIRTAZAPINE 155 155 43 35
AZITHROMYCIN 152 146 44 64
SPIRIVA 146 142 45 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 146 135 45 31
LABETALOL HCL 141 130 47 80
KLOR-CON 8 131 131 48 138
CLOPIDOGREL 126 126 49 34
CRESTOR 124 117 50 29
CEPHALEXIN 121 118 51 129
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 117 109 52 166
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 117 117 52 166
TRAZODONE HCL 113 96 54 42
NEXIUM 111 108 55 66
GLYBURIDE 111 111 R 55 75
PLAVIX 109 109 57 46
RISPERIDONE 105 104 58 70
METHOTREXATE 103 100 59 71
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 103 96 59 176
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 100 98 61 14
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 72 62 40
LORAZEPAM 93 91 62 178
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 92 90 64 41
ESTRADIOL 91 84 R 65 154
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 91 86 65 180
LEVEMIR 87 58 67 159
CARVEDILOL 86 74 68 25
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 86 75 S3 68 145
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 85 82 70 158
PROPRANOLOL HCL 80 80 71 83
EVISTA 75 75 72 129
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75 60 72 53
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 74 74 74 61
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 65 75 9
PAROXETINE HCL 72 70 76 56
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 71 71 77 110
FELODIPINE ER 69 68 78 128
LYRICA 68 57 79 100
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 67 67 80 193
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 66 44 81 194
NOVOLIN N 65 55 82 197
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 63 62 83 55
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 53 84 93
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 61 85 98
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 61 56 85 82
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 59 57 87 164
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 53 88 27
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 50 88 88
LEVETIRACETAM 55 44 90 150
ERYTHROMYCIN 52 52 91 232
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 41 91 131
HUMULIN 70-30 51 51 93 175
SINGULAIR 50 50 94 115
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 10, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.