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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,568Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 168 out of 546

$347K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 136 out of 546

244 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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
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this specialty
in Maine
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 244 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 244 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 2,369 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$76 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $65 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Maine
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 174 89 1 3
LISINOPRIL 173 112 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 157 106 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 105 70 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 90 46 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 87 68 6 9
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 85 37 R 7 48
TRAZODONE HCL 81 34 8 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 68 8 7
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 46 8 39
TRAMADOL HCL 73 40 11 19
FAMOTIDINE 71 28 12 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 69 51 13 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 54 14 38
GABAPENTIN 66 22 15 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 31 16 42
SERTRALINE HCL 62 25 17 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 60 16 18 26
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 55 14 R 19 34
ATENOLOL 55 32 19 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 55 34 19 17
BUSPIRONE HCL 54 0 22 146
RISPERIDONE 53 13 23 47
METFORMIN HCL 51 20 24 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 29 25 18
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths 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.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 24, 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.