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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,220Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 807

$971K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 807

739 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 739 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 739 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 14,341 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
OMEPRAZOLE 677 619 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 674 623 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 569 532 3 1
LISINOPRIL 549 509 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 499 460 5 5
ATENOLOL 491 484 6 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 463 442 7 9
FUROSEMIDE 457 403 8 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 451 441 9 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 404 372 10 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 392 371 11 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 333 326 12 10
GABAPENTIN 279 227 13 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 228 162 S3 14 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 209 187 15 13
HYDRALAZINE HCL 206 205 16 62
METFORMIN HCL 202 174 17 12
PREDNISONE 198 181 18 24
TRAZODONE HCL 191 160 19 25
TRAMADOL HCL 190 150 20 19
AZITHROMYCIN 189 163 21 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 179 164 22 18
CRESTOR 172 160 23 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 158 158 24 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 155 118 25 44
SERTRALINE HCL 144 132 26 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 142 141 27 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 139 104 28 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 133 126 29 17
CARVEDILOL 127 111 30 35
MIRTAZAPINE 126 111 31 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 122 107 32 72
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 110 33 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 91 34 23
CLONIDINE HCL 113 97 35 82
SPIRIVA 111 92 36 50
DIGOXIN 107 107 37 41
CLOPIDOGREL 105 85 38 47
TERAZOSIN HCL 99 99 39 78
JANTOVEN 97 97 40 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 95 81 41 36
LOVASTATIN 94 77 42 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 93 93 43 31
PROAIR HFA 92 62 44 43
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 92 88 44 108
ALLOPURINOL 89 85 46 26
PLAVIX 88 82 47 60
AGGRENOX 86 86 48 161
GLIMEPIRIDE 83 77 49 51
KLOR-CON 10 78 72 50 81
TRICOR 76 73 51 165
EVISTA 74 74 52 128
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 73 58 53 136
CEPHALEXIN 70 65 54 135
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 38 55 30
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 48 56 42
BUSPIRONE HCL 56 46 57 160
RANITIDINE HCL 56 31 57 34
DILTIAZEM ER 56 53 57 109
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 56 56 57 76
TORSEMIDE 55 51 61 106
NITROSTAT 55 51 61 104
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 54 52 63 138
ZETIA 54 47 63 59
CYMBALTA 53 43 65 73
MELOXICAM 53 41 65 105
DIOVAN 52 35 67 46
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52 42 67 121
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 28 69 95
LIPITOR 51 43 69 100
LYRICA 51 40 69 187
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 June 7, 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.