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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,352Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 586

$872K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 586

544 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

4% of this provider’s 544 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 544 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,239 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 22%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 593 417 1 1
LISINOPRIL 485 355 2 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 466 351 S3 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 414 351 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 343 262 5 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 328 221 6 13
METFORMIN HCL 298 198 7 6
FUROSEMIDE 278 216 8 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 278 186 8 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 236 179 10 14
TRAMADOL HCL 229 191 11 15
RISPERIDONE 209 108 12 46
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 188 73 13 117
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 188 155 13 7
TRAZODONE HCL 187 120 15 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 185 137 16 27
GABAPENTIN 179 104 17 11
FENOFIBRATE 174 131 18 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 169 116 19 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 162 134 20 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 162 116 20 22
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 161 86 22 69
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 156 122 23 50
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 114 24 10
NAMENDA 130 101 25 54
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 124 93 26 80
SERTRALINE HCL 124 91 26 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 121 100 28 26
LANTUS 119 84 29 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 118 98 30 19
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 115 11 R 31 112
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 95 32 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 111 87 33 40
ATENOLOL 108 78 34 34
BENAZEPRIL HCL 105 76 35 52
FLUOXETINE HCL 99 57 36 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 97 94 37 18
OLANZAPINE 92 34 38 73
CYMBALTA 87 48 39 29
CARVEDILOL 82 63 40 30
NOVOLOG 82 62 40 106
ALLOPURINOL 80 74 42 35
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 78 50 43 132
OXYCODONE HCL 78 38 S2 43 32
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 73 44 45 108
IBUPROFEN 70 37 46 43
RISPERDAL CONSTA 69 12 47 182
FINASTERIDE 68 44 48 84
LACTULOSE 66 51 49 103
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 64 49 23
CEPHALEXIN 62 39 51 105
METFORMIN HCL ER 61 44 52 37
RANITIDINE HCL 60 52 53 61
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 59 46 54 94
SEROQUEL 59 37 54 118
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 42 56 68
BACLOFEN 56 27 57 98
SPIRIVA 56 38 57 81
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 48 59 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 53 34 60 90
MELOXICAM 53 41 60 25
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 40 62 82
ACTOS 50 43 63 138
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 June 14, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.