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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,025Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 807

$612K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 61 out of 807

933 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
10% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 933 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 933 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 11,430 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 22%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 596 576 1 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 590 572 2 9
ATENOLOL 483 447 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 461 446 4 3
LISINOPRIL 377 347 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 376 364 6 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 320 308 7 11
FUROSEMIDE 285 269 8 6
OMEPRAZOLE 272 255 9 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 271 269 10 10
TRAMADOL HCL 242 227 11 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 229 214 12 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 213 201 13 8
METFORMIN HCL 204 175 14 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 173 166 15 29
SERTRALINE HCL 167 162 16 22
PROPRANOLOL HCL 142 142 17 101
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 133 122 18 13
CRESTOR 128 125 19 32
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 128 105 S3 19 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 125 121 21 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 123 112 22 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 118 118 23 27
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 108 24 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 107 107 25 17
GABAPENTIN 106 96 26 16
ALLOPURINOL 95 91 27 26
DIOVAN 87 87 28 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 86 86 29 14
AZITHROMYCIN 84 76 30 57
LIPITOR 84 84 30 100
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 83 30 30
TRAZODONE HCL 83 79 33 25
SYNTHROID 81 77 34 127
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 80 80 35 20
PREDNISONE 77 74 36 24
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 77 72 R 36 71
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 72 38 55
RANITIDINE HCL 71 67 39 34
DONEPEZIL HCL 69 69 40 31
DIGOXIN 68 68 41 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 58 42 44
JANTOVEN 63 63 42 37
KLOR-CON 10 63 63 42 81
GLIMEPIRIDE 62 62 45 51
PAROXETINE HCL 60 58 46 49
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 58 50 R 47 235
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 56 48 36
AVODART 56 56 48 187
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 53 50 48
EVISTA 53 53 51 128
GEMFIBROZIL 53 53 51 74
LOVASTATIN 51 51 53 39
LANSOPRAZOLE 51 41 53 103
FINASTERIDE 50 50 55 89
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 Feb. 27, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.