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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,750Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 33 out of 134

$406K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 134

395 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 395 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 8,057 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$46 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 713 662 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 502 477 2 2
LISINOPRIL 485 440 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 324 310 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 290 249 5 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 269 246 6 18
FUROSEMIDE 254 247 7 7
METFORMIN HCL 213 200 8 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 210 196 9 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 172 161 10 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 166 158 11 11
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 161 155 12 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 160 145 13 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 143 14 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 146 132 15 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 141 141 16 30
GABAPENTIN 135 124 17 12
MELOXICAM 129 113 18 35
CRESTOR 125 121 19 39
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 115 93 S3 20 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 115 113 20 15
LOVASTATIN 112 112 22 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 102 94 23 14
SERTRALINE HCL 95 91 24 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 92 91 25 8
ATENOLOL 91 91 26 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 72 27 45
TRAMADOL HCL 83 80 28 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 80 60 29 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 76 68 30 57
ALLOPURINOL 75 75 31 25
NAMENDA 70 70 32 53
GLIPIZIDE ER 62 62 33 131
ESTRADIOL 62 57 R 33 66
JANUVIA 59 55 35 77
PAROXETINE HCL 58 53 36 46
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 46 37 42
DILTIAZEM ER 51 51 38 91
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 Dec. 17, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.