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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,963Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 99

$664K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 99

523 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

8% of this provider’s 523 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 523 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
LISINOPRIL 705 686 103 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 519 514* 92 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 512 507* 94 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 462 457* 74 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 452 447* 67 5 1
SIMVASTATIN 403 398* 72 6 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 391 375 61 7 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 338 327 53 8 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 336 312 64 9 10
METFORMIN HCL 318 299 53 10 12
SERTRALINE HCL 297 292* 49 11 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 282 277* 30 12 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 249 244* 39 13 13
NAMENDA 236 236 17 14 32
CARVEDILOL 217 217 29 15 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 209 209 32 16 9
TRAMADOL HCL 198 193* 41 17 18
TRAZODONE HCL 193 166 33 18 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 176 40 19 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 187 182* 31 20 14
PREDNISONE 156 137 43 21 26
GABAPENTIN 151 140 33 22 17
CRESTOR 149 144* 25 23 29
KLOR-CON 10 140 140 11 24 93
CLOPIDOGREL 133 128* 24 25 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 130 125* 20 26 30
LANTUS 127 113 23 27 49
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 124 119* 28 S3 28 19
FENTANYL 123 123 19 S2 29 57
ALLOPURINOL 119 119 24 30 23
GLIPIZIDE XL 115 115 20 31 74
TERAZOSIN HCL 110 110 11 32 112
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 100* 27 33 40
CITALOPRAM HBR 103 103 19 34 21
LORAZEPAM 102 91 18 B 35 35
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 99 94* 17 36 33
CYMBALTA 97 <11 <11 37 64
DIGOX 86 86 14 38 41
BYSTOLIC 83 83 12 39 97
ATENOLOL 83 83 13 39 16
FINASTERIDE 83 83 17 39 54
MIRTAZAPINE 83 78* 14 39 36
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 79 <11 <11 43 105
CLONIDINE HCL 76 <11 <11 44 77
OLANZAPINE 72 <11 <11 A 45 126
NEXIUM 71 <11 <11 46 55
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 66 66 16 47 62
DIOVAN 66 66 11 47 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 54 40 47 66
GLIPIZIDE 63 <11 <11 50 71
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 61 <11 <11 51 125
METFORMIN HCL ER 60 55* 15 52 75
HYDRALAZINE HCL 59 <11 <11 53 84
TAMSULOSIN HCL 58 58 16 54 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 <11 <11 54 59
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 <11 <11 54 51
LYRICA 57 <11 <11 57 96
ALPRAZOLAM 56 51* 17 B 58 56
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 56 <11 <11 58 158
JANUVIA 55 <11 <11 60 60
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 55 <11 <11 60 134
VOLTAREN 54 54 11 62 163
METHADONE HCL 54 <11 <11 S2 62 209
OXYCODONE HCL 54 49* 12 S2 62 98
METHOTREXATE 52 <11 <11 65 79
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 Nov. 30, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.