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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,719Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 262

$945K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 262

867 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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

10% of this provider’s 867 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 867 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 13,749 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 615 508 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 528 431 2 6
LISINOPRIL 526 444 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 484 406 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 439 338 5 2
TRAMADOL HCL 398 245 6 18
FUROSEMIDE 385 344 7 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 346 298 8 8
METFORMIN HCL 335 281 9 9
MIRTAZAPINE 304 268 10 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 293 292 11 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 269 176 S3 12 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 243 194 13 10
SERTRALINE HCL 234 186 14 14
GABAPENTIN 220 151 15 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 145 16 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 215 195 17 20
PREDNISONE 183 155 18 29
NAMENDA 183 174 18 37
JANTOVEN 182 114 20 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 180 118 21 13
CARVEDILOL 168 147 22 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 167 127 23 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 150 122 24 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 146 135 25 71
ATENOLOL 141 112 26 16
RANITIDINE HCL 140 105 27 62
CLOPIDOGREL 134 126 28 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 129 98 29 52
DIOVAN 127 101 30 47
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 126 114 31 83
IBUPROFEN 123 67 32 133
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 86 33 26
BUMETANIDE 114 111 34 136
CLONIDINE HCL 112 100 35 106
LANTUS 112 105 35 51
DILTIAZEM HCL 111 57 37 170
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 111 80 S2 37 88
FAMOTIDINE 111 93 37 65
AZITHROMYCIN 110 66 40 44
PROAIR HFA 106 48 41 53
WARFARIN SODIUM 106 78 41 12
PROMETHAZINE HCL 105 60 R 43 172
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 102 102 44 66
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 101 92 45 41
CRESTOR 98 88 46 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98 69 46 48
HUMALOG 95 79 48 100
AMIODARONE HCL 95 81 48 177
CYMBALTA 94 61 50 67
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 92 68 51 93
NEXIUM 92 40 51 57
SPIRIVA 91 60 53 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 89 73 54 34
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 50 54 24
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 55 54 46
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 88 68 57 42
LEVETIRACETAM 87 57 58 153
DIGOXIN 87 71 58 28
FENTANYL 86 82 S2 60 40
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 85 48 61 179
GLIPIZIDE 84 72 62 70
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 83 26 R 63 110
NYSTATIN 80 71 64 181
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 79 65 21
AGGRENOX 78 78 66 140
NOVOLOG 77 75 67 118
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 51 68 43
PLAVIX 76 71 68 64
KLOR-CON M20 75 59 70 98
ABILIFY 71 45 71 184
SANTYL 71 70 71 184
LOVASTATIN 70 63 73 80
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 69 44 74 111
TRAZODONE HCL 69 34 74 36
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 68 54 76 119
LEVOFLOXACIN 67 51 77 116
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 64 36 78 90
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 49 79 55
ALLOPURINOL 62 62 80 22
OXYCODONE HCL 61 39 S2 81 83
RISPERIDONE 59 45 82 50
ZETIA 57 56 83 60
ONGLYZA 57 44 83 171
PAROXETINE HCL 56 44 85 56
COLCRYS 56 55 85 206
EXELON 55 55 87 147
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 50 88 124
SINGULAIR 53 27 88 128
SYNTHROID 52 52 90 115
GLYBURIDE 52 50 R 90 89
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 50 92 102
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 Sept. 18, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.