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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,968Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 97

$881K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 97

857 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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

4% of this provider’s 857 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 857 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 16,476 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

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,169 1,121 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 773 763 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 760 700 3 1
LISINOPRIL 727 707 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 584 529 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 549 530 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 503 474 7 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 456 411 8 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 392 374 9 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 336 327 10 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 331 317 11 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 311 297 12 10
MIRTAZAPINE 306 282 13 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 296 262 14 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 292 291 15 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 285 279 16 20
ATENOLOL 267 248 17 15
SERTRALINE HCL 234 230 18 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 224 198 19 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 221 189 S3 20 17
ALLOPURINOL 208 202 21 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 187 183 22 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 181 181 23 36
METFORMIN HCL 177 166 24 12
CARVEDILOL 176 157 25 25
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 168 136 26 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 153 138 27 52
PEN NEEDLE 152 122 28 57
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 149 104 29 55
DIGOXIN 144 140 30 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 136 136 31 28
GABAPENTIN 135 116 32 18
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 125 90 33 74
CRESTOR 125 116 33 29
FINASTERIDE 120 112 35 58
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 119 119 36 45
RANITIDINE HCL 119 107 36 67
GLIPIZIDE XL 118 118 38 86
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 117 112 39 30
CLOPIDOGREL 115 110 40 34
TRAZODONE HCL 112 111 41 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110 98 42 32
PAROXETINE HCL 107 106 43 56
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 105 44 49
TRAMADOL HCL 102 89 45 21
NAMENDA 98 97 46 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 81 47 40
DETROL LA 95 95 47 119
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 93 93 49 27
PREDNISONE 93 91 49 23
LACTULOSE 91 56 51 103
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 85 69 52 96
DIOVAN 84 82 53 44
TERAZOSIN HCL 83 83 54 106
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 82 72 55 82
GLIPIZIDE 79 79 56 78
SPIRIVA 76 65 57 48
CYMBALTA 70 39 58 80
JANTOVEN 68 68 59 37
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 67 46 60 110
LANTUS 67 56 60 43
BUSPIRONE HCL 62 40 62 107
LATANOPROST 61 48 63 210
GLIPIZIDE ER 61 61 63 111
AGGRENOX 60 60 65 213
PLAVIX 59 59 66 46
JANUVIA 58 58 67 59
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 26 68 33
LOVASTATIN 55 55 68 62
NYSTATIN 53 43 70 226
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 46 71 53
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 Nov. 23, 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.