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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,618Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 223

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 223

737 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
10% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 737 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 737 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,265 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 758 702 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 552 504 2 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 435 423 3 15
OMEPRAZOLE 373 351 4 3
TRAMADOL HCL 326 291 5 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 325 314 6 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 311 251 S3 7 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 280 251 8 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 278 247 9 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 277 248 10 17
FUROSEMIDE 277 238 10 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 264 257 12 13
METFORMIN HCL 233 198 13 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 231 227 14 6
CRESTOR 216 204 15 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 196 181 16 14
SERTRALINE HCL 182 178 17 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 181 166 18 11
GABAPENTIN 180 142 19 10
ALLOPURINOL 153 140 20 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 152 148 21 26
CELEBREX 149 134 22 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 149 149 22 19
LISINOPRIL 147 139 24 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 146 141 25 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 141 136 26 30
NEXIUM 140 108 27 49
BYSTOLIC 122 122 28 87
SYNTHROID 113 104 29 35
CYMBALTA 111 77 30 40
RAMIPRIL 106 93 31 86
TRAZODONE HCL 104 93 32 22
IBUPROFEN 103 98 33 46
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 95 34 31
NAMENDA 100 100 35 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 98 94 36 16
PREDNISONE 94 86 37 43
AZITHROMYCIN 93 78 38 44
MELOXICAM 93 93 38 33
FLUOXETINE HCL 90 78 40 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 85 80 41 53
LANTUS 85 74 41 34
PREMARIN 85 76 R 41 115
BENAZEPRIL HCL 79 79 44 57
CARVEDILOL 78 74 45 23
ROPINIROLE HCL 76 72 46 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 57 47 47
DIGOXIN 72 62 48 73
PROPRANOLOL HCL 72 68 48 93
ESTRADIOL 71 52 R 50 59
BENICAR 68 67 51 126
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 67 67 52 76
ATENOLOL 66 63 53 32
JANUVIA 66 66 53 66
BUPROPION HCL SR 66 48 53 72
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 65 65 S3 56 165
KLOR-CON 8 65 64 56 221
VESICARE 64 64 58 169
ZETIA 64 61 58 68
EVISTA 63 63 60 92
ACTONEL 63 63 60 166
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 57 62 113
DEXILANT 61 46 63 227
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 57 57 64 60
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 57 49 64 132
VERAPAMIL ER 56 48 66 89
NIASPAN 56 56 66 130
DIOVAN HCT 56 48 66 111
BENICAR HCT 56 55 66 146
VYTORIN 55 44 70 195
FENOFIBRATE 54 53 71 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 52 71 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 53 53 73 36
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 June 19, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.