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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,470Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 62 out of 586

$288K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 115 out of 586

402 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

5% of this provider’s 402 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 402 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 4,742 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 327 297 1 1
LISINOPRIL 288 225 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 271 215 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 223 156 S3 4 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 217 157 5 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 205 172 6 10
METFORMIN HCL 180 155 7 6
OMEPRAZOLE 167 128 8 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 146 121 9 7
SERTRALINE HCL 130 97 10 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 128 82 11 19
ATENOLOL 127 103 12 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 109 67 13 12
GABAPENTIN 98 47 14 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 98 71 14 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 95 66 16 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 95 92 16 23
TRAZODONE HCL 93 64 18 20
FUROSEMIDE 81 57 19 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 74 61 20 14
TRAMADOL HCL 70 52 21 15
MELOXICAM 65 49 22 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 47 23 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 60 60 24 17
NAPROXEN 58 38 25 102
IBUPROFEN 54 35 26 43
ESTRADIOL 51 37 R 27 66
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 21 27 24
PREMARIN 51 38 R 27 125
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 46 30 28
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 Nov. 25, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.