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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,245Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 307

$593K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 307

528 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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 Montana
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 528 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 528 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 9,390 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 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 Montana
SIMVASTATIN 434 391 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 421 383 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 411 384 3 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 382 266 S3 4 4
LISINOPRIL 318 301 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 313 272 6 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 289 256 7 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 289 273 7 10
METFORMIN HCL 212 181 9 8
OXYCODONE HCL 201 48 S2 10 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 183 171 11 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 160 143 12 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 156 154 13 13
GABAPENTIN 154 132 14 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 149 144 15 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 149 136 15 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 125 111 17 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 102 18 9
SERTRALINE HCL 119 91 19 22
ATENOLOL 118 95 20 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 112 112 21 16
FLUOXETINE HCL 109 81 22 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 97 23 21
AZITHROMYCIN 104 82 24 55
CARVEDILOL 103 100 25 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 101 72 26 28
PAROXETINE HCL 98 95 27 43
ALLOPURINOL 89 71 28 27
CRESTOR 87 87 29 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 75 30 44
DIGOXIN 83 82 31 36
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81 58 32 19
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 81 76 R 32 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81 64 32 49
SPIRIVA 79 75 35 48
KLOR-CON 10 77 73 36 95
DONEPEZIL HCL 75 75 37 34
GLIPIZIDE 73 73 38 71
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 59 39 23
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 70 65 39 129
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 69 66 41 61
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 67 48 42 54
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 65 42 20
CYMBALTA 66 64 44 30
FAMOTIDINE 65 57 45 66
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 62 45 26
PREDNISONE 63 58 47 37
AGGRENOX 63 63 47 180
ROPINIROLE HCL 62 50 49 74
NEXIUM 62 38 49 38
KLOR-CON M20 61 38 51 64
CLOPIDOGREL 60 55 52 59
PREMARIN 60 56 R 52 124
DIOVAN 60 60 52 58
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 59 50 55 50
BUPROPION HCL SR 58 52 56 181
OXYCONTIN 57 0 S2 57 77
TRAZODONE HCL 57 39 57 33
TRAMADOL HCL 56 52 59 25
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 55 41 60 221
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 34 61 72
GLYBURIDE 52 34 R 62 76
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 52 18 S2 62 119
MELOXICAM 51 46 64 29
LANTUS 51 51 64 47
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 March 25, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.