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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,787Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 134

$537K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 134

409 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%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

11% of this provider’s 409 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 409 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 7,855 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 355 301 S3 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 299 261 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 295 260 3 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 280 267 4 30
LISINOPRIL 242 225 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 221 220 6 6
OMEPRAZOLE 217 210 7 3
FUROSEMIDE 211 180 8 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 191 184 9 14
NAMENDA 189 176 10 53
FENTANYL 153 152 S2 11 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 142 12 13
METFORMIN HCL 147 122 13 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 146 133 14 8
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 124 103 15 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 118 101 16 16
MIRTAZAPINE 110 110 17 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 108 97 18 15
TRAMADOL HCL 89 81 19 22
MELOXICAM 85 83 20 35
GABAPENTIN 85 53 20 12
LANTUS 82 72 22 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 81 68 23 10
SPIRONOLACTONE 75 75 24 29
VESICARE 74 64 25 141
PREDNISONE 72 68 26 28
CARVEDILOL 69 69 27 27
PROAIR HFA 68 51 28 49
ACTOS 66 41 29 81
ALLOPURINOL 64 63 30 25
CRESTOR 64 64 30 39
GLYBURIDE 62 57 R 32 88
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 40 33 42
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 59 33 63
TAMSULOSIN HCL 59 59 35 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 59 59 35 18
RANITIDINE HCL 58 39 37 48
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 57 38 61
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 56 56 39 17
PROPRANOLOL HCL 52 52 40 102
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 40 R 40 51
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 41 42 21
FAMOTIDINE 51 51 42 137
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 July 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.