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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,741Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 223 out of 1942

$462K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 136 out of 1942

535 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
9% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 535 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 7,467 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

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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 556 543 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 539 525 2 3
LISINOPRIL 297 293 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 240 239 4 6
ATENOLOL 230 230 5 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 214 207 6 25
OMEPRAZOLE 207 205 7 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 169 166 8 14
FUROSEMIDE 160 160 9 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 158 154 10 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 155 153 11 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 154 154 12 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 149 141 13 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 138 132 14 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 128 128 15 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 118 16 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 103 17 8
AZITHROMYCIN 104 103 18 43
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 98 98 19 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 98 97 19 17
CRESTOR 89 83 21 34
CEPHALEXIN 86 83 22 119
LOVASTATIN 81 72 23 32
SERTRALINE HCL 74 65 24 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 67 S3 25 12
BUPROPION HCL SR 66 61 26 185
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 64 64 27 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 58 28 67
TRAMADOL HCL 57 50 29 19
GABAPENTIN 55 47 30 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 53 31 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 54 54 31 30
TRAZODONE HCL 54 47 31 24
JANTOVEN 51 51 34 33
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. 24, 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.