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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,078Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 59 out of 134

$428K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 134

329 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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

4% of this provider’s 329 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 329 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 6,524 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

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 327 305 S3 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 278 261 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 209 197 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 192 186 4 2
SYNTHROID 186 179 5 56
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 181 177 6 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 173 159 7 15
LISINOPRIL 170 142 8 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 165 159 9 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 151 142 10 8
FUROSEMIDE 125 118 11 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 125 123 11 18
GABAPENTIN 125 107 11 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 103 99 14 40
SERTRALINE HCL 101 79 15 24
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 99 69 16 61
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 98 87 17 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 92 18 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 93 79 19 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 90 20 11
TRAZODONE HCL 88 76 21 23
SPIRIVA 81 80 22 47
CARVEDILOL 79 79 23 27
FLUOXETINE HCL 76 73 24 42
TRAMADOL HCL 68 62 25 22
DIGOXIN 66 66 26 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 65 65 27 30
METFORMIN HCL 58 58 28 9
ALLOPURINOL 55 55 29 25
PREMARIN 54 47 R 30 84
ESTRADIOL 54 47 R 30 66
CRESTOR 53 53 32 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50 44 33 16
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, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.