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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,705Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 223

$1.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 223

589 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 589 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 589 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 10,408 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$82 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
OMEPRAZOLE 524 386 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 487 408 2 2
LISINOPRIL 486 365 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 444 356 4 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 410 280 S3 5 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 336 233 6 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 311 255 7 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 276 255 8 6
FUROSEMIDE 274 243 9 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 267 242 10 12
METFORMIN HCL 242 191 11 7
GABAPENTIN 214 140 12 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 190 177 13 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 181 151 14 20
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 180 139 15 60
LANTUS 170 141 16 34
ATENOLOL 144 109 17 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 142 121 18 17
FLUOXETINE HCL 133 83 19 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 129 71 20 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 127 96 21 45
MELOXICAM 126 122 22 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 125 113 23 14
ALLOPURINOL 118 90 24 28
CARISOPRODOL 112 46 R 25 63
GLYBURIDE 109 102 R 26 71
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 109 49 S2 26 106
TRAMADOL HCL 108 83 28 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 105 103 29 19
RANITIDINE HCL 102 71 30 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 82 30 26
NABUMETONE 101 72 32 127
GLIMEPIRIDE 100 72 33 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 99 95 34 36
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 97 56 S2 35 116
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 97 72 35 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 96 73 37 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 79 38 47
PAROXETINE HCL 94 76 39 52
FENOFIBRATE 92 52 40 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 92 78 40 25
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 81 55 42 138
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 72 43 13
CEFUROXIME 79 65 44 182
PROAIR HFA 77 45 45 64
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 49 46 83
INSULIN SYRINGE 75 63 47 81
CARVEDILOL 74 70 48 23
CELEBREX 72 57 49 42
NOVOLOG 72 53 49 97
SERTRALINE HCL 71 34 51 21
CRESTOR 69 46 52 37
JANUVIA 68 57 53 66
METHOTREXATE 66 57 54 88
FLUCONAZOLE 65 35 55 143
NAMENDA 65 65 55 48
LOVASTATIN 64 57 57 51
TRAZODONE HCL 64 47 57 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 55 57 53
SYNTHROID 63 59 60 35
METHADONE HCL 62 14 S2 61 114
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 16 R 62 79
RISPERIDONE 57 56 63 103
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 44 64 69
IBUPROFEN 53 31 64 46
HUMALOG 52 48 66 96
DIOVAN 52 48 66 54
PLAVIX 52 46 66 85
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 50 21 69 70
SPIRIVA 50 43 69 82
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. 7, 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.