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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,774Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 134

$775K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 134

583 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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 Idaho
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 583 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 583 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,170 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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 Idaho
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 687 501 S3 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 541 482 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 487 420 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 404 327 4 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 364 297 5 10
LISINOPRIL 328 287 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 284 260 7 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 244 210 8 6
METFORMIN HCL 243 203 9 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 235 188 10 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 219 194 11 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 213 154 12 15
ATENOLOL 210 175 13 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 202 193 14 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 194 164 15 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 169 137 16 16
SERTRALINE HCL 168 144 17 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 146 146 18 30
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 134 19 123
DIGOXIN 130 119 20 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 129 107 21 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117 88 22 11
RISPERIDONE 116 106 23 67
LANTUS 112 82 24 32
TRAZODONE HCL 110 88 25 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 108 93 26 18
GABAPENTIN 102 69 27 12
OLANZAPINE 102 89 27 74
TRAMADOL HCL 98 75 29 22
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 98 68 R 29 51
ALLOPURINOL 96 96 31 25
CLOPIDOGREL 93 91 32 52
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 85 63 33 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 85 58 33 96
KLOR-CON 10 84 76 35 143
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 80 36 13
CYMBALTA 80 55 37 37
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 80 29 R 37 93
CARISOPRODOL 79 38 R 39 112
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 77 62 40 80
BENICAR HCT 77 64 40 198
PREMARIN 76 29 R 42 84
METFORMIN HCL ER 75 51 43 43
NOVOLOG 74 53 44 72
RANITIDINE HCL 72 72 45 48
ADVAIR DISKUS 72 70 45 38
PLAVIX 70 59 47 86
AZITHROMYCIN 68 62 48 78
NYSTATIN 67 61 49 149
NAMENDA 63 63 50 53
SINGULAIR 62 36 51 94
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 62 51 69
BENICAR 62 62 51 129
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 57 54 20
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 61 53 54 61
CEPHALEXIN 61 59 54 109
DIOVAN HCT 60 56 57 145
SYNTHROID 59 49 58 56
CARVEDILOL 59 53 58 27
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 59 43 58 127
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 50 61 29
GLIPIZIDE 58 35 61 99
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 58 52 61 65
PROAIR HFA 58 34 61 49
NYSTOP 56 50 65 156
SPIRIVA 55 51 66 47
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 55 55 66 114
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 50 68 45
MIRTAZAPINE 53 46 68 44
FENTANYL 53 45 S2 68 41
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 52 40 71 106
LEVETIRACETAM 51 39 72 139
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 51 31 72 183
PEN NEEDLE 50 28 74 90
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.