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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,784Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 809

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 809

952 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% 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

6% of this provider’s 952 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 952 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

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,158 1,045 212 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,144 1,013 257 2 1
LISINOPRIL 962 882 225 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 961 877 203 4 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 933 891 194 5 10
OMEPRAZOLE 830 732 169 6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 639 614 127 7 5
TRAMADOL HCL 525 473 101 8 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 479 444 89 9 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 423 400 89 10 9
ATENOLOL 413 396 89 11 8
GABAPENTIN 411 377 92 12 15
METFORMIN HCL 359 327 80 13 14
CLOPIDOGREL 353 325 61 14 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 341 319 60 15 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 328 311 64 16 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 321 281 71 17 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 314 300 79 18 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 298 273 80 19 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 266 261* 77 20 11
ALLOPURINOL 259 236 53 21 26
MIRTAZAPINE 258 230 47 22 41
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 231 173 45 S3 23 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 212 186 29 24 38
CARVEDILOL 208 182 39 25 33
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 204 188 33 26 39
PREDNISONE 204 191 62 26 24
SERTRALINE HCL 191 174 30 28 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 189 176 52 29 36
NAMENDA 184 184 28 30 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 170 156 45 31 25
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 161 161 40 32 84
ZETIA 146 141* 25 33 66
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 142 103 44 34 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 134 120 27 35 40
DIOVAN 134 129* 26 35 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 131 101 30 37 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 131 131 30 37 31
LANTUS 130 117 23 39 50
TRAZODONE HCL 125 105 24 40 22
RANITIDINE HCL 123 107 27 41 37
MELOXICAM 120 106 32 42 100
VESICARE 120 107 25 42 197
NEXIUM 119 86 19 44 69
GLIPIZIDE 116 116 24 45 60
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 116 111* 25 45 63
JANTOVEN 107 95 25 47 44
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 107 92 28 47 64
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 105 42 14 S2 49 57
DETROL LA 105 100* 21 49 131
FENTANYL 102 68 19 S2 51 68
RISPERIDONE 101 77 14 A 52 96
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 99 94* 55 53 89
PROPRANOLOL HCL 93 57 20 54 94
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 90 90 20 55 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 89 14 56 30
KLOR-CON 8 80 80 20 57 204
ALPRAZOLAM 79 79 17 B 58 58
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 78 78 11 59 219
CLONAZEPAM 77 59 16 B 60 71
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 77 72* 30 60 43
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 74 58 16 R 62 78
DIGOXIN 72 72 17 63 136
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 57 15 64 46
METHOTREXATE 68 63* 11 65 80
LORAZEPAM 66 52 22 B 66 32
NABUMETONE 66 54 12 66 192
NITROSTAT 66 61* 43 66 103
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65 60* 16 69 110
BUPROPION XL 65 <11 <11 69 128
METOLAZONE 64 52 14 71 172
CYMBALTA 63 <11 <11 72 62
LANSOPRAZOLE 63 <11 <11 72 105
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 57* 17 74 52
GEMFIBROZIL 61 56* 19 75 90
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 61 56* 14 75 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 60 55* 14 77 48
CELEBREX 60 60 15 77 87
VERAPAMIL ER 60 49 11 77 164
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 59 59 17 80 67
KLOR-CON M20 59 46 16 80 93
GLIMEPIRIDE 58 <11 <11 82 49
OXYCONTIN 58 <11 <11 S2 82 106
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 58 14 82 178
LEVETIRACETAM 57 40 12 85 109
GLYBURIDE 57 52* 17 R 85 129
TERAZOSIN HCL 56 56 12 87 82
LOVASTATIN 56 56 13 87 45
DIGOX 55 55 13 89 72
LYRICA 54 26 14 90 133
CLONIDINE HCL 53 <11 <11 91 83
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50 <11 <11 92 85
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50 <11 <11 92 115
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 <11 <11 92 160
PAROXETINE HCL 50 45* 13 92 56
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 18, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.