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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,750Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 99

$357K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 99

401 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older
12% 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 North Dakota
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 401 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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 North Dakota
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 390 378 85 1 24
OMEPRAZOLE 337 332* 69 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 323 323 59 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 320 301 59 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 305 305 59 5 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 258 253* 51 6 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 252 252 51 7 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 220 215* 52 8 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 215 215 37 9 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 213 213 36 10 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 213 208* 47 10 13
FUROSEMIDE 177 177 34 12 3
LISINOPRIL 174 169* 36 13 4
ATENOLOL 170 170 31 14 16
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 162 162 30 15 48
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 159 159 30 S3 16 19
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 148 148 33 17 31
GABAPENTIN 139 139 35 18 17
GLIPIZIDE 134 129* 22 19 71
METFORMIN HCL 127 127 22 20 12
SERTRALINE HCL 118 113* 25 21 15
MIRTAZAPINE 118 118 17 21 36
CLOPIDOGREL 113 113 19 23 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 106 101* 26 24 9
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 99 94* 20 25 62
SPIRONOLACTONE 93 93 21 26 34
ALLOPURINOL 79 79 19 27 23
PREDNISONE 68 68 23 28 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 <11 <11 29 30
RAMIPRIL 62 62 11 30 85
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 56* 16 31 28
CRESTOR 61 56* 15 31 29
VERAPAMIL ER 60 55* 12 33 100
BENICAR 59 <11 <11 34 113
PAROXETINE HCL 55 50* 12 35 63
ESTRADIOL 55 55 11 R 35 142
VESICARE 55 <11 <11 35 101
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 48* 13 38 46
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 June 30, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.