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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,245Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 106 out of 223

$393K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 98 out of 223

303 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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

5% of this provider’s 303 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 303 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 5,453 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
SIMVASTATIN 275 264 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 266 239 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 256 235 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 219 188 S3 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 211 193 5 6
LISINOPRIL 207 203 6 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 190 189 7 8
GABAPENTIN 165 123 8 10
FUROSEMIDE 130 115 9 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 128 119 10 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 123 106 11 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 113 109 12 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 108 13 19
ATENOLOL 108 92 14 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 108 103 14 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 102 99 16 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 86 17 13
MELOXICAM 83 69 18 33
METFORMIN HCL 82 68 19 7
OXYCODONE HCL 79 61 S2 20 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 64 21 24
SERTRALINE HCL 66 59 22 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 65 65 23 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 52 24 47
TRAMADOL HCL 61 44 25 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 60 51 26 12
IBUPROFEN 58 45 27 46
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 56 28 31
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 43 29 39
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 49 30 109
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.