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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,628Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 223

$994K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 223

701 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
4% 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 Utah
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 701 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 701 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,994 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$94 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 474 423 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 458 434 2 3
CRESTOR 335 325 3 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 322 305 4 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 306 291 5 31
SIMVASTATIN 295 286 6 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 288 269 7 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 261 251 8 12
SYNTHROID 254 241 9 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 229 217 10 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 210 198 11 6
LISINOPRIL 197 179 12 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 173 13 13
METFORMIN HCL 183 180 14 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 161 15 29
METFORMIN HCL ER 156 150 16 41
CARVEDILOL 155 152 17 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 150 135 18 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 139 132 19 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 131 124 20 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 131 131 20 16
ONGLYZA 118 118 22 189
ATENOLOL 114 114 23 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111 95 24 45
ALLOPURINOL 107 103 25 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 104 103 S3 26 5
MICARDIS HCT 102 92 27 198
SPIRONOLACTONE 101 101 28 55
GABAPENTIN 95 93 29 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 90 90 30 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 89 83 31 25
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 85 82 32 74
RAMIPRIL 84 84 33 86
FUROSEMIDE 84 83 33 9
SERTRALINE HCL 84 82 33 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 77 36 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 80 80 37 30
CYMBALTA 74 57 38 40
CLOPIDOGREL 72 66 39 56
JANUVIA 69 62 40 66
CLONIDINE HCL 64 64 41 100
FENOFIBRATE 64 63 41 38
IBUPROFEN 63 47 43 46
KLOR-CON 10 60 60 44 158
KLOR-CON M20 60 50 44 67
WARFARIN SODIUM 59 54 46 11
LEVOXYL 58 57 47 78
VERAPAMIL ER 56 56 48 89
RANITIDINE HCL 55 49 49 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 54 49 47
TRICOR 52 52 51 120
ZETIA 51 39 52 68
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 51 52 24
TRAMADOL HCL 50 39 54 18
SPIRIVA 50 49 54 82
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 9, 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.