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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,332Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 103

$453K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 103

431 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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

5% of this provider’s 431 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 431 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,866 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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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 680 580 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 516 443 2 3
LISINOPRIL 410 360 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 313 302 4 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 308 308 5 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 299 248 6 4
METFORMIN HCL ER 243 233 7 50
ATENOLOL 226 212 8 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 206 190 9 7
PREDNISONE 159 131 10 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 156 137 11 11
ALLOPURINOL 141 114 12 39
GABAPENTIN 137 95 13 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 136 131 14 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 127 15 8
FENTANYL 130 99 S2 16 26
PAROXETINE HCL 128 115 17 76
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 116 95 18 42
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 115 113 19 21
SERTRALINE HCL 114 114 20 19
NAMENDA 109 109 21 70
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 107 101 22 83
TRAMADOL HCL 106 71 23 16
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 103 74 R 24 71
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 67 25 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 84 80 26 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 81 27 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 82 81 28 58
CLOPIDOGREL 80 76 29 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 76 59 30 22
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 76 67 30 93
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 73 73 32 69
LANTUS 73 69 32 78
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 64 32 96
CLONIDINE HCL 71 58 35 98
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 55 35 98
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 70 48 S3 37 10
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 62 38 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 68 67 39 32
AMOXICILLIN 67 60 40 52
DIOVAN 67 59 40 47
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 67 63 40 103
AZITHROMYCIN 65 54 43 50
CELEBREX 65 65 43 110
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 64 38 45 112
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 62 51 46 115
METFORMIN HCL 62 57 46 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 60 59 48 15
DIGOXIN 59 59 49 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 58 50 62
PROAIR HFA 55 29 51 74
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 55 51 51 46
PLAVIX 52 49 53 45
VERAPAMIL ER 51 44 54 132
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 48 54 132
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 51 54 44
TERAZOSIN HCL 51 51 54 83
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 50 58 34
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 July 8, 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.