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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,550Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 350 out of 1942

$371K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 283 out of 1942

332 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%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

5% of this provider’s 332 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 332 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 4,758 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 343 257 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 263 197 2 4
LISINOPRIL 227 187 3 2
ATENOLOL 226 195 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 218 180 5 3
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 153 113 6 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 145 126 7 6
FUROSEMIDE 129 112 8 5
METFORMIN HCL 110 86 9 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 102 84 S3 10 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 95 79 11 11
GABAPENTIN 90 83 12 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 32 13 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 79 69 14 18
GLIPIZIDE ER 77 44 15 80
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 76 57 16 21
NAMENDA 75 68 17 51
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 73 57 18 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 69 67 19 14
TRAMADOL HCL 68 50 20 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 61 21 8
SERTRALINE HCL 66 30 22 20
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 66 37 22 99
NEXIUM 61 28 24 58
PREDNISONE 61 46 24 27
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 49 26 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 52 27 27 15
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 52 34 27 61
AZITHROMYCIN 51 39 29 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 50 27 30 28
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.