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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,029Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 418 out of 1942

$330K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 392 out of 1942

490 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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

7% of this provider’s 490 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 490 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 3,991 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 20%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 362 281 1 1
LISINOPRIL 294 250 2 2
METFORMIN HCL 191 148 3 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 162 127 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 152 108 5 5
ATENOLOL 145 107 6 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 117 64 7 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 114 81 S3 8 12
GABAPENTIN 107 45 9 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 102 70 10 9
OMEPRAZOLE 92 85 11 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 88 85 12 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 87 54 13 11
PREDNISONE 85 54 14 27
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 85 16 S2 14 56
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 32 16 29
MELOXICAM 73 25 17 81
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 29 18 21
AZITHROMYCIN 65 56 19 43
CYMBALTA 64 22 20 62
SPIRIVA 63 31 21 57
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 63 61 21 14
BACLOFEN 62 0 23 117
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 44 24 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 61 48 24 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 57 53 26 15
NAPROXEN 55 21 27 95
TRAMADOL HCL 54 17 28 19
CRESTOR 53 48 29 34
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 42 30 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 34 31 48
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 April 4, 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.