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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,540Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 57 out of 586

$319K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 91 out of 586

351 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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 351 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 351 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 5,376 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 22%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 309 264 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 278 230 S3 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 268 205 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 262 252 4 2
LISINOPRIL 258 229 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 198 185 6 7
SERTRALINE HCL 164 135 7 21
METFORMIN HCL 150 139 8 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 147 134 9 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 124 80 10 8
FUROSEMIDE 118 114 11 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 97 12 10
GABAPENTIN 99 85 13 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 99 81 13 13
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 75 30 R 15 62
TRAZODONE HCL 75 62 15 20
TRAMADOL HCL 74 53 17 15
NEXIUM 71 50 18 51
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 68 67 19 53
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 64 28 S2 20 49
AZITHROMYCIN 62 52 21 36
FLUOXETINE HCL 60 48 22 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 50 23 68
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 54 52 24 18
CELEBREX 53 52 25 44
MELOXICAM 53 51 25 25
ATENOLOL 53 44 25 34
BYSTOLIC 51 51 28 137
CEPHALEXIN 51 45 28 105
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 April 29, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.