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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,461Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 99

$512K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 99

651 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77% Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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

4% of this provider’s 651 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 651 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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
FUROSEMIDE 389 294 109 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 282 232 80 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 275 241 85 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 271 172 76 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 230 170 69 5 5
LISINOPRIL 229 180 65 6 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 219 181 56 7 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152 118 52 8 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 150 95 47 9 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 144 109 49 10 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 144 107 42 10 10
CLOPIDOGREL 119 114* 30 12 20
GABAPENTIN 115 78 32 13 17
METFORMIN HCL 115 87 40 13 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 110 105* 35 15 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 106 85 30 16 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 106 101* 35 16 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 103 61 31 18 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 99 52 45 S3 19 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 97 74 29 20 30
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 97 57 32 20 67
PREDNISONE 91 42 36 22 26
SPIRONOLACTONE 91 86* 27 22 34
CRESTOR 75 70* 23 24 29
CARVEDILOL 72 45 18 25 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 67 46 24 26 37
SERTRALINE HCL 67 62* 19 26 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 65 60* 22 28 22
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 64 28 23 29 114
RENVELA 61 20 19 30 123
CLONIDINE HCL 61 14 15 30 77
ALLOPURINOL 59 54* 26 32 23
ATENOLOL 57 52* 18 33 16
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56 37 17 34 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53 36 22 35 28
TRAMADOL HCL 53 34 25 35 18
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 July 22, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.