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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,364Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 586

$758K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 586

891 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 891 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 891 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 9,709 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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
OMEPRAZOLE 515 409 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 496 473 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 493 379 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 344 306 S3 4 5
LISINOPRIL 328 274 5 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 316 185 6 8
METFORMIN HCL 304 217 7 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 249 198 8 12
FUROSEMIDE 249 195 8 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 245 211 10 10
TRAMADOL HCL 209 144 11 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 181 171 12 16
FLUOXETINE HCL 174 92 13 24
ZOSTAVAX 165 152 14 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 151 143 15 7
GABAPENTIN 150 124 16 11
TRAZODONE HCL 149 122 17 20
SERTRALINE HCL 147 131 18 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 147 132 18 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 141 125 20 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 107 21 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 105 89 22 17
ESTRADIOL 97 69 R 23 66
WARFARIN SODIUM 91 90 24 13
AZITHROMYCIN 90 68 25 36
ALLOPURINOL 89 67 26 35
ROPINIROLE HCL 89 80 26 95
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 79 28 18
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 83 48 R 29 62
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 83 79 29 19
PREMARIN 78 55 R 31 125
SYNTHROID 76 72 32 45
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 74 48 33 128
DONEPEZIL HCL 73 59 34 40
JANUMET 72 68 35 151
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 59 35 31
JANUVIA 72 56 35 74
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 71 67 38 22
VERAPAMIL ER 68 53 39 97
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 66 35 40 114
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 55 40 82
CRESTOR 66 65 40 42
KLOR-CON 10 65 48 43 160
ATENOLOL 65 59 43 34
SULINDAC 64 40 45 213
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 64 38 45 90
IBUPROFEN 61 23 47 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 38 48 59
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 41 48 28
LOVASTATIN 56 56 50 48
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 47 51 80
NAMENDA 54 53 52 54
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 54 52 R 52 142
LYRICA 53 47 54 87
NEXIUM 53 25 54 51
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53 24 R 54 60
TIZANIDINE HCL 52 13 57 111
MIRTAZAPINE 52 52 57 64
CEPHALEXIN 51 41 59 105
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 43 59 127
EXELON 51 51 59 236
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. 8, 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.