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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,913Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 224

$375K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 224

317 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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 Vermont
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 317 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 317 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,441 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 Vermont
WARFARIN SODIUM 298 232 1 10
LISINOPRIL 265 250 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 232 148 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 218 199 4 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 193 172 5 7
FUROSEMIDE 180 133 6 5
GABAPENTIN 160 93 7 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 135 8 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 148 138 9 4
METFORMIN HCL 145 117 10 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 140 134 11 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 135 113 12 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 120 101 13 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 105 14 16
TRAMADOL HCL 92 59 15 18
ZETIA 83 64 16 98
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 82 57 17 24
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 80 72 18 90
RANITIDINE HCL 79 47 19 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 78 58 20 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 62 21 23
LOVASTATIN 64 57 22 33
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 38 S3 23 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 47 24 21
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 50 R 24 78
TAMSULOSIN HCL 57 41 26 30
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 54 53 27 42
PREDNISONE 53 41 28 28
COLCRYS 52 47 29 169
ATENOLOL 52 45 29 13
DIOVAN 51 38 31 73
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 Aug. 10, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.