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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,855Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 223

$754K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 223

457 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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 Average for
this specialty
in Utah
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 457 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 457 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 8,205 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Utah
OMEPRAZOLE 704 423 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 691 386 S3 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 627 455 3 1
LISINOPRIL 513 322 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 422 268 5 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 330 190 6 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 311 255 7 6
GABAPENTIN 302 121 8 10
TRAMADOL HCL 286 123 9 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 277 201 10 11
TRAZODONE HCL 254 114 11 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 240 138 12 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 236 177 13 15
METFORMIN HCL ER 206 145 14 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 189 120 15 17
LANTUS 186 91 16 34
METFORMIN HCL 179 93 17 7
FUROSEMIDE 179 152 17 9
CARISOPRODOL 178 44 R 19 63
PROAIR HFA 163 73 20 64
OXYCODONE HCL 163 43 S2 20 50
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 161 99 R 22 61
ATENOLOL 150 124 23 32
IBUPROFEN 141 40 24 46
CARVEDILOL 138 64 25 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 107 26 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 127 101 27 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 127 118 27 19
SERTRALINE HCL 122 83 29 21
SPIRIVA 122 54 29 82
FLUOXETINE HCL 117 37 31 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 106 93 32 27
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 104 47 R 33 79
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 78 34 29
NEXIUM 97 46 35 49
PAROXETINE HCL 95 65 36 52
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 94 73 37 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 94 50 37 14
HUMALOG 87 63 39 96
GLYBURIDE 74 44 R 40 71
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 32 41 47
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 28 S2 42 116
PROMETHAZINE HCL 66 18 R 43 118
NAPROXEN 66 32 43 80
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 49 45 39
CRESTOR 64 24 46 37
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 63 56 47 75
DIGOXIN 63 51 47 73
NITROSTAT 63 48 47 224
AZITHROMYCIN 61 34 50 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 61 60 50 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 36 52 55
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 59 26 52 77
FLUCONAZOLE 58 32 54 143
ALLOPURINOL 56 44 55 28
FENOFIBRATE 56 49 55 38
METHOCARBAMOL 55 18 R 57 154
RANITIDINE HCL 55 29 57 65
OXYCONTIN 55 0 S2 57 146
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 54 39 60 132
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 54 33 R 60 194
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 23 S2 62 106
MUPIROCIN 53 18 62 251
CYMBALTA 50 0 64 40
INSULIN SYRINGE 50 28 64 81
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.