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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,030Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 97

$913K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 97

558 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 558 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 558 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,837 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 691 672 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 681 675 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 656 606 3 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 648 631 4 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 488 469 5 11
LISINOPRIL 484 450 6 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 438 402 7 1
CARVEDILOL 363 355 8 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 336 336 9 6
JANTOVEN 314 304 10 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 304 304 11 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 256 196 S3 12 17
ATENOLOL 244 228 13 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 243 211 14 30
DIGOXIN 239 238 15 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 237 229 16 7
MIRTAZAPINE 233 220 17 35
METFORMIN HCL 219 195 18 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 218 209 19 31
ALLOPURINOL 202 174 20 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 188 177 21 8
SPIRONOLACTONE 179 166 22 33
TRAMADOL HCL 172 152 23 21
CRESTOR 172 150 23 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 164 150 25 13
CELEBREX 159 150 26 95
CLOPIDOGREL 159 144 26 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 158 142 28 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 155 155 29 20
SERTRALINE HCL 149 137 30 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 128 31 27
GABAPENTIN 130 100 32 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 121 32 36
SPIRIVA 127 111 34 48
PLAVIX 123 114 35 46
ZETIA 121 117 36 51
FINASTERIDE 120 119 37 58
DIOVAN 118 118 38 44
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 113 110 39 73
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 106 106 40 69
PREDNISONE 100 93 41 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 100 41 9
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 88 43 40
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 84 44 19
LYRICA 94 81 45 100
AVODART 92 92 46 94
GLIMEPIRIDE 92 92 46 39
JANUVIA 92 91 46 59
BYSTOLIC 91 88 49 99
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 90 90 50 61
RAMIPRIL 90 83 50 68
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 83 52 28
DETROL LA 83 80 53 119
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 81 54 24
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 80 68 55 96
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 77 69 56 82
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 76 76 57 47
ROPINIROLE HCL 73 73 58 98
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 57 58 156
BUSPIRONE HCL 72 60 60 107
BUMETANIDE 70 70 61 78
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 66 62 60
OXYCODONE HCL 67 54 S2 63 114
LIPITOR 67 67 63 91
AMIODARONE HCL 64 63 65 199
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 55 66 52
PAROXETINE HCL 62 46 67 56
NAMENDA 62 62 67 38
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 59 51 69 120
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 57 57 70 55
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 49 71 88
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 55 72 84
OLANZAPINE 55 55 72 133
NEXIUM 55 45 72 66
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 44 75 63
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 48 75 41
HUMALOG 54 47 75 77
LANTUS 53 49 78 43
CYMBALTA 51 36 79 80
VERAPAMIL ER 50 50 80 90
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. 3, 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.