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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,528Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 121 out of 809

$516K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 114 out of 809

527 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older
17% 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

7% of this provider’s 527 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 527 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$61 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 489 465 129 1 1
LISINOPRIL 371 353 104 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 366 347 115 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 349 315 93 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 245 227 74 5 5
ATENOLOL 228 208 54 6 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 223 211 67 7 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 219 214* 72 8 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 194 189* 50 9 13
FUROSEMIDE 178 173* 54 10 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 170* 51 11 11
GABAPENTIN 147 142* 37 12 15
TRAMADOL HCL 146 125 35 13 19
SERTRALINE HCL 130 125* 34 14 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 129 118 33 15 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 124 124 30 S3 16 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 120 120 34 17 9
CRESTOR 111 111 27 18 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 98 93* 31 19 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 94 89* 30 20 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 80 75* 25 21 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 76 76 12 22 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 55 30 22 27
LORAZEPAM 73 68* 26 B 24 32
TRAZODONE HCL 73 60 20 24 22
METFORMIN HCL 71 66* 16 26 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 64 64 14 27 35
OXYCODONE HCL 60 42 23 S2 28 55
ALLOPURINOL 60 60 15 28 26
NAMENDA 58 <11 <11 30 47
PAROXETINE HCL 57 57 12 31 56
FINASTERIDE 57 52* 11 31 75
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 50* 14 33 36
BUPROPION XL 55 50* 14 33 128
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 38 17 35 31
ZETIA 51 46* 20 36 66
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 50 <11 <11 A 37 54
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 March 20, 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.