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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,529Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 63 out of 262

$411K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 49 out of 262

305 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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
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this specialty
in North Dakota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 305 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 305 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 4,927 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 259 238 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 240 164 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 233 181 3 5
LISINOPRIL 230 214 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 213 159 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 193 171 6 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 186 159 7 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 176 172 8 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 122 82 9 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 119 102 10 8
NAMENDA 114 114 11 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 112 65 12 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 97 78 13 34
METFORMIN HCL 90 69 14 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 72 15 7
CLOPIDOGREL 77 71 15 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 75 58 17 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 73 62 18 13
FLUOXETINE HCL 72 29 19 46
WARFARIN SODIUM 71 69 20 12
TRAZODONE HCL 70 34 21 36
SERTRALINE HCL 67 53 22 14
PROAIR HFA 65 20 23 53
MIRTAZAPINE 64 64 24 35
LYRICA 63 14 25 86
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 62 51 26 17
PLAVIX 60 57 27 64
ALLOPURINOL 59 54 28 22
NEXIUM 56 34 29 57
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 44 29 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 52 31 25
ATENOLOL 51 51 32 16
DIOVAN 50 37 33 47
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. 11, 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.