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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,344Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 27 out of 809

$726K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 37 out of 809

816 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Minnesota
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 816 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 816 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Minnesota
SIMVASTATIN 784 650 167 1 1
LISINOPRIL 665 546 153 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 475 389 114 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 417 375 96 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 391 377 84 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 388 361 79 6 10
METFORMIN HCL 291 226 58 7 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 291 260 67 7 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 279 274* 57 9 9
FUROSEMIDE 273 268* 57 10 6
ATENOLOL 269 233 50 11 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 243 223 49 12 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 238 217 48 13 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 229 229 54 14 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 191 46 15 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 207 187 49 16 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 194 189* 39 17 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 181 170 48 18 20
SERTRALINE HCL 168 163* 32 19 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 161 123 48 20 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 149 36 21 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 147 147 22 22 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 144 139* 27 23 17
ADVAIR DISKUS 142 131 25 24 40
GABAPENTIN 139 127 30 25 15
NAMENDA 134 122 18 26 47
RANITIDINE HCL 132 92 25 27 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 128 92 35 28 29
CLOPIDOGREL 126 126 26 29 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 119 86 18 30 36
LANTUS 112 81 17 31 50
TRAMADOL HCL 109 104* 32 32 19
CARVEDILOL 108 103* 26 33 33
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 104 71 13 34 70
PREDNISONE 101 96* 21 35 24
AVODART 97 97 13 36 206
GEMFIBROZIL 93 58 16 37 90
ALLOPURINOL 93 88* 24 37 26
MIRTAZAPINE 85 73 15 39 41
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 84 60 23 40 43
NOVOLOG 82 <11 <11 41 104
TRAZODONE HCL 80 75* 15 42 22
CRESTOR 80 75* 16 42 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 79 18 44 52
LORAZEPAM 77 54 18 B 45 32
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 68* 14 R 46 78
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 70 65* 11 47 64
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 69 64* 19 48 39
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 57 26 S3 48 16
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 69 69 19 48 31
PROAIR HFA 68 52 27 51 42
CYMBALTA 66 61* 11 52 62
DIOVAN 63 <11 <11 53 53
DIGOX 63 58* 12 53 72
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 <11 <11 55 84
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 59 54* 18 56 67
JANUVIA 59 <11 <11 56 73
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 59 12 56 152
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 <11 <11 59 85
PAROXETINE HCL 54 <11 <11 60 56
FINASTERIDE 54 49* 12 60 75
GLIPIZIDE ER 54 49* 18 60 76
NEXIUM 53 28 13 63 69
VOLTAREN 53 <11 <11 63 209
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 45* 11 65 38
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 May 4, 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.