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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,291Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 49

$365K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 49

292 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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 Wyoming
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 292 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 292 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,485 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Wyoming
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 310 238 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 275 233 2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 241 229 3 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 221 202 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 154 121 5 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 147 103 6 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 137 125 7 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 137 103 7 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 130 94 9 20
ALLOPURINOL 130 118 9 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 127 11 12
BENAZEPRIL HCL 121 118 12 89
METFORMIN HCL 118 118 13 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 93 93 14 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 92 92 15 25
CARVEDILOL 88 76 16 35
FUROSEMIDE 85 82 17 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 80 71 18 36
LANTUS 69 69 19 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 69 58 19 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68 67 21 19
ATENOLOL 62 62 22 17
VERAPAMIL ER 60 56 23 62
TRAMADOL HCL 60 35 23 29
CLOPIDOGREL 57 50 25 46
NEXIUM 57 14 25 27
CRESTOR 56 56 27 23
GABAPENTIN 55 55 28 15
ZETIA 54 52 29 63
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 44 30 40
DIOVAN HCT 50 50 31 76
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 April 22, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.