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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,265Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 37 out of 307

$388K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 307

248 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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 Montana
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 248 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 248 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 4,694 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

29 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 349 264 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 263 133 S3 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 256 147 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 230 163 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 219 151 5 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 182 152 6 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 178 133 7 10
LISINOPRIL 167 79 8 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 118 9 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 136 102 10 7
SERTRALINE HCL 135 94 11 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 126 101 12 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 110 83 13 12
GABAPENTIN 106 60 14 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 94 58 15 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 92 71 16 20
METFORMIN HCL 85 62 17 8
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 46 18 32
TRAZODONE HCL 80 64 19 33
MELOXICAM 77 58 20 29
NEXIUM 74 27 21 38
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 69 69 22 54
BACLOFEN 68 29 23 79
LYRICA 68 0 23 82
DIOVAN 66 32 25 58
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 0 26 50
METFORMIN HCL ER 62 0 27 52
METHOCARBAMOL 62 21 R 27 113
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 45 27 21
CYMBALTA 61 29 30 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 60 20 31 49
TRAMADOL HCL 58 35 32 25
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 37 33 40
ATENOLOL 57 39 33 17
LEVETIRACETAM 55 40 35 141
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 52 52 36 16
CARVEDILOL 51 38 37 24
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 Aug. 14, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.