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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,145Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 807

$1.19M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 807

963 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 963 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 963 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 20,807 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$51 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 16.


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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 1,192 1,036 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,178 1,044 2 3
LISINOPRIL 1,084 986 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 924 842 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 920 834 5 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 899 855 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 600 581 7 5
TRAMADOL HCL 487 455 8 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 443 405 9 18
GABAPENTIN 426 397 10 16
ATENOLOL 419 398 11 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 412 402 12 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 378 365 13 31
METFORMIN HCL 354 317 14 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 345 290 15 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 296 282 16 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 287 275 17 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 252 249 18 14
MIRTAZAPINE 245 220 19 38
PREDNISONE 240 227 20 24
NAMENDA 232 228 21 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 227 217 22 11
DIOVAN 215 211 23 46
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 211 183 S3 24 15
CLOPIDOGREL 209 180 25 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 204 175 26 20
ALLOPURINOL 202 183 27 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 202 188 27 36
CARVEDILOL 202 192 27 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 196 183 30 27
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 191 174 31 42
LANTUS 173 153 32 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 172 171 33 44
SERTRALINE HCL 167 143 34 22
DIGOXIN 150 146 35 41
PLAVIX 148 133 36 60
RANITIDINE HCL 145 119 37 34
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 143 129 38 64
ZETIA 141 125 39 59
JANTOVEN 139 127 40 37
GLYBURIDE 129 129 R 41 80
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 124 114 42 98
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 120 118 43 29
VESICARE 116 102 44 211
GLIPIZIDE 115 115 45 58
NEXIUM 114 84 46 68
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 112 33 S2 47 56
TRAZODONE HCL 108 91 48 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 107 90 49 33
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 104 96 50 75
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 101 101 51 21
NITROSTAT 101 100 51 104
FENTANYL 100 76 S2 53 65
MELOXICAM 97 64 54 105
KLOR-CON 8 96 96 55 225
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 95 79 56 108
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 95 73 56 40
DETROL LA 93 90 58 149
GEMFIBROZIL 93 81 58 74
CYMBALTA 92 87 60 73
RISPERIDONE 92 63 60 85
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 74 62 30
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 82 80 63 213
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 82 82 63 76
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 82 66 63 138
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 70 66 28
LEVETIRACETAM 80 60 67 119
FLUOXETINE HCL 78 76 68 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75 69 69 23
NABUMETONE 74 60 70 154
CELEBREX 71 69 71 87
LANSOPRAZOLE 68 56 72 103
CRESTOR 68 56 72 32
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 66 66 74 70
PEN NEEDLE 65 64 75 63
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 62 76 55
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 57 76 72
PROPRANOLOL HCL 64 46 76 101
KLOR-CON M20 61 43 79 83
TERAZOSIN HCL 61 61 79 78
DILANTIN 59 21 81 251
LOVASTATIN 58 58 82 39
PAROXETINE HCL 57 57 83 49
PROAIR HFA 56 42 84 43
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 34 84 110
METHOTREXATE 56 48 84 86
HUMALOG 55 55 87 124
DILTIAZEM ER 55 46 87 109
ULTICARE 53 47 89 233
INSULIN SYRINGE 52 52 90 102
VERAPAMIL ER 52 42 90 153
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 51 50 92 66
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 48 R 92 71
VYTORIN 51 49 92 171
SPIRIVA 51 51 92 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 40 96 115
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 March 18, 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.