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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,549Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 97

$347K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 97

371 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 371 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,078 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 383 341 1 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 297 273 2 9
SIMVASTATIN 253 234 3 2
LISINOPRIL 206 176 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 197 185 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 173 164 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 167 157 7 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 147 125 8 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 143 132 9 8
FUROSEMIDE 122 122 10 3
ATENOLOL 116 116 11 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 108 95 12 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 102 102 13 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 101 98 14 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 93 83 15 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 92 90 16 11
CRESTOR 82 79 17 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 79 79 18 20
ALLOPURINOL 78 67 19 22
SERTRALINE HCL 75 74 20 16
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 64 21 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 62 43 22 32
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 55 S3 23 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 60 23 52
PREDNISONE 60 55 25 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 55 26 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 56 27 53
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 56 28 49
MELOXICAM 55 55 29 87
TRAMADOL HCL 54 54 30 21
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 53 31 33
MIRTAZAPINE 52 52 32 35
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 51 51 33 171
AVODART 50 50 34 94
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 Oct. 13, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.