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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,234Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 1942

$562K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 53 out of 1942

609 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

6% of this provider’s 609 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 609 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 13,292 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 867 817 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 557 542 2 4
LISINOPRIL 545 523 3 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 543 516 4 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 465 460 5 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 423 410 6 6
FUROSEMIDE 413 395 7 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 408 382 8 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 402 388 9 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 325 325 10 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 285 265 11 9
DIGOXIN 278 273 12 40
ATENOLOL 263 263 13 7
METFORMIN HCL 238 216 14 10
IBUPROFEN 233 210 15 78
DIOVAN 216 216 16 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 203 203 17 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 202 196 18 42
GABAPENTIN 183 141 19 16
FLUOXETINE HCL 174 156 20 45
CITALOPRAM HBR 165 150 21 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 161 144 22 29
SERTRALINE HCL 154 151 23 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 148 122 S3 24 12
CELEBREX 142 139 25 93
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 135 129 26 48
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 134 128 27 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 125 113 28 21
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 116 116 29 89
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 104 104 30 74
FINASTERIDE 99 99 31 86
ALLOPURINOL 98 98 32 26
MIRTAZAPINE 95 81 33 38
PREDNISONE 89 87 34 27
CARVEDILOL 86 80 35 39
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 82 77 36 54
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 79 79 37 36
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 75 75 38 64
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 75 63 38 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 72 72 40 30
TRAMADOL HCL 71 59 41 19
PAROXETINE HCL 68 67 42 50
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 60 43 59
CRESTOR 66 66 44 34
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 62 50 45 99
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 50 R 45 65
CYMBALTA 61 54 47 62
NEXIUM 61 57 47 58
GLIPIZIDE ER 60 60 49 80
METHADONE HCL 60 36 S2 49 113
CLOPIDOGREL 59 59 51 55
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 58 52 72
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 57 41 53 25
DIOVAN HCT 55 55 54 114
RAMIPRIL 54 54 55 111
SPIRIVA 52 52 56 57
RISPERIDONE 52 39 56 68
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 51 58 139
LOVASTATIN 50 50 59 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 50 59 23
TERAZOSIN HCL 50 50 59 77
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 Oct. 24, 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.