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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,377Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 248 out of 1942

$330K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 391 out of 1942

236 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

9% of this provider’s 236 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 236 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,808 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 494 457 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 439 425 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 280 272 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 225 212 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 190 180 5 4
LISINOPRIL 182 152 6 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 166 148 7 9
ALLOPURINOL 163 163 8 26
DIOVAN 144 139 9 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 139 139 10 13
NEXIUM 125 109 11 58
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 124 116 12 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 121 116 13 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 112 93 14 11
GABAPENTIN 109 108 15 16
DILTIAZEM ER 106 103 16 121
TRAMADOL HCL 104 95 17 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 101 101 18 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 88 19 8
MIRTAZAPINE 90 90 20 38
FENTANYL 87 87 S2 21 47
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 76 76 22 72
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 74 52 S3 23 12
TRAZODONE HCL 69 64 24 24
ATENOLOL 69 66 24 7
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 67 26 59
PREDNISONE 66 65 27 27
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 63 63 28 138
FINASTERIDE 63 63 28 86
DONEPEZIL HCL 62 62 30 30
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 61 31 96
DIGOXIN 61 61 31 40
CRESTOR 58 54 33 34
CYMBALTA 56 45 34 62
ETODOLAC 53 50 35 189
CARVEDILOL 50 42 36 39
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. 4, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.