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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,558Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 223

$916K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 223

706 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

10% of this provider’s 706 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 706 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 8,561 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,153 457 S3 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 721 335 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 654 421 3 1
LISINOPRIL 607 340 4 4
METFORMIN HCL 569 343 5 7
GABAPENTIN 475 174 6 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 415 258 7 2
FUROSEMIDE 330 192 8 9
LANTUS 318 156 9 34
TRAMADOL HCL 309 156 10 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 303 150 11 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 270 214 12 13
GLYBURIDE 261 173 R 13 71
WARFARIN SODIUM 261 185 13 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 254 160 15 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 246 125 16 29
IBUPROFEN 229 78 17 46
PROAIR HFA 221 78 18 64
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 195 134 19 15
ALLOPURINOL 185 120 20 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 184 120 21 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 166 133 22 19
GEMFIBROZIL 165 90 23 137
CARISOPRODOL 158 0 R 24 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 157 47 25 27
ATENOLOL 154 105 26 32
NEXIUM 150 82 27 49
TRICOR 148 41 28 120
TRAZODONE HCL 148 62 28 22
OXYCODONE HCL 144 52 S2 30 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 144 64 30 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 142 65 32 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 141 98 33 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 140 43 34 47
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 137 49 R 35 61
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 135 102 36 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 130 92 37 20
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 130 31 R 37 79
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 129 0 S2 39 106
DIOVAN 125 124 40 54
CYMBALTA 123 0 41 40
CARVEDILOL 119 92 42 23
RANITIDINE HCL 110 27 43 65
FLOVENT HFA 94 60 44 202
INSULIN SYRINGE 88 38 45 81
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 80 46 26
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 19 S2 47 116
SERTRALINE HCL 75 44 48 21
PROMETHAZINE HCL 72 0 R 49 118
CLONIDINE HCL 67 30 50 100
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 24 50 24
NOVOLOG 66 29 52 97
CELEBREX 63 18 53 42
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 62 15 54 76
LOVASTATIN 60 40 55 51
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 37 55 69
ULTRA COMFORT 60 23 55 176
CRESTOR 59 21 58 37
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 58 59 60
AZITHROMYCIN 56 36 60 44
PATANOL 55 29 61 240
PLAVIX 55 40 61 85
CLOPIDOGREL 54 40 63 56
PREDNISONE 53 36 64 43
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 52 28 65 109
DETROL LA 50 29 66 255
ZETIA 50 17 66 68
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 8, 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.