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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,991Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 113

$355K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 64 out of 113

416 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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 Montana
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 416 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 416 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,781 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 Montana
SIMVASTATIN 474 419 1 2
LISINOPRIL 367 306 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 260 236 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 245 227 4 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 177 148 5 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 175 158 6 8
OMEPRAZOLE 174 132 7 5
METFORMIN HCL 172 134 8 11
GABAPENTIN 147 122 9 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 123 10 34
ATENOLOL 134 114 11 16
FUROSEMIDE 131 107 12 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 129 123 13 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 115 14 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 106 15 9
PREDNISONE 111 92 16 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 94 17 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 100 99 18 10
CRESTOR 98 92 19 30
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 98 79 19 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 96 79 21 15
ALLOPURINOL 95 94 22 20
TRAMADOL HCL 87 75 23 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 80 24 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 84 72 S3 25 7
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 76 60 26 63
MELOXICAM 66 61 27 44
CARVEDILOL 63 63 28 25
TRAZODONE HCL 62 33 29 41
AZITHROMYCIN 62 41 29 65
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 58 44 31 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 57 40 32 115
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.