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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,997Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 134

$877K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 134

703 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

10% of this provider’s 703 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 703 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 15,086 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

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 1,217 1,080 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 709 629 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 604 488 S3 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 585 552 4 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 522 408 5 8
LISINOPRIL 518 446 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 461 395 7 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 440 435 8 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 421 387 9 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 302 248 10 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 286 272 11 11
GABAPENTIN 259 185 12 12
METFORMIN HCL 254 194 13 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 249 244 14 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 239 217 15 14
TRAMADOL HCL 225 212 16 22
TRAZODONE HCL 217 157 17 23
DIGOXIN 206 194 18 31
MIRTAZAPINE 186 174 19 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 184 152 20 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 172 148 21 16
ALLOPURINOL 167 149 22 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 164 160 23 13
FENTANYL 162 93 S2 24 41
SERTRALINE HCL 141 112 25 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 138 118 26 34
CARVEDILOL 137 137 27 27
CYMBALTA 133 68 28 37
SPIRONOLACTONE 131 120 29 29
PAROXETINE HCL 130 116 30 46
PREDNISONE 124 109 31 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 121 94 32 42
AZITHROMYCIN 115 104 33 78
GLIMEPIRIDE 114 97 34 36
ATENOLOL 110 107 35 19
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 103 91 36 59
CLONIDINE HCL 100 91 37 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95 77 38 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 89 39 38
RANITIDINE HCL 89 61 40 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 88 72 41 117
PROAIR HFA 88 61 41 49
LANTUS 87 67 43 32
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 85 49 44 61
MELOXICAM 85 83 44 35
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 84 43 R 46 51
NEXIUM 82 54 47 54
CRESTOR 82 69 47 39
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 82 59 47 82
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 81 80 50 64
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 80 67 51 58
DONEPEZIL HCL 79 79 52 30
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 78 26 S2 53 150
BENICAR 75 75 54 129
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 74 74 55 69
CELEBREX 73 61 56 111
DILTIAZEM ER 73 73 56 91
LOVASTATIN 70 55 58 33
FINASTERIDE 69 69 59 85
KLOR-CON 10 69 69 59 143
JANUVIA 67 60 61 77
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 61 62 63
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 43 63 40
DETROL LA 64 56 64 209
HUMALOG 64 56 64 97
SPIRIVA 63 55 66 47
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 62 67 123
OXYCODONE HCL 61 0 S2 68 71
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 61 61 68 153
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 58 46 70 20
GEMFIBROZIL 58 44 70 87
PREMARIN 58 47 R 70 84
PROPAFENONE HCL 58 58 70 166
TIZANIDINE HCL 57 27 74 173
SYNTHROID 57 55 74 56
BYSTOLIC 57 56 74 126
VERAPAMIL ER 57 43 74 131
TERAZOSIN HCL 54 54 78 138
CARISOPRODOL 54 38 R 78 112
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 54 54 78 80
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 53 51 81 120
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 45 81 104
OXYCONTIN 53 47 S2 81 230
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 44 84 21
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 52 49 84 62
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 40 86 113
SINGULAIR 50 39 87 94
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 Sept. 4, 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.