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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,544Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 586

$641K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 586

742 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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
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this specialty
in Utah
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 742 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 742 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 9,846 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

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 462 353 S3 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 456 417 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 443 411 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 440 381 4 2
LISINOPRIL 297 251 5 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 274 250 6 12
METFORMIN HCL 271 241 7 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 228 200 8 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 205 195 9 7
FUROSEMIDE 198 194 10 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 193 187 11 14
GABAPENTIN 185 157 12 11
FENTANYL 182 165 S2 13 63
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 177 168 14 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 141 15 16
TRAMADOL HCL 165 154 16 15
RISPERIDONE 145 145 17 46
LANTUS 144 138 18 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 128 119 19 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117 115 20 18
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 112 63 S2 21 49
FLUOXETINE HCL 112 93 21 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 110 110 23 40
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 99 24 31
TRAZODONE HCL 106 97 25 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 98 26 27
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 103 89 27 53
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 93 28 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 98 98 29 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 97 87 30 28
LOVASTATIN 92 88 31 48
SPIRONOLACTONE 91 81 32 76
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 90 82 33 19
MELOXICAM 85 74 34 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 80 35 23
PREDNISONE 80 75 36 56
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 78 70 37 83
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 73 64 38 17
BUPROPION HCL SR 69 66 39 106
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 59 40 38
ALLOPURINOL 63 59 41 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 62 58 42 50
PROMETHAZINE HCL 62 56 R 42 86
CLOPIDOGREL 61 58 44 71
NAMENDA 61 61 44 54
SEROQUEL 60 47 46 118
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 39 S2 47 78
ATENOLOL 53 51 48 34
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 53 48 89
SERTRALINE HCL 52 35 50 21
METHADONE HCL 52 19 S2 50 93
CLONIDINE HCL 52 42 50 113
ESTRADIOL 51 40 R 53 66
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 50 47 54 109
KLOR-CON 10 50 46 54 160
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 Jan. 30, 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.