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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,919Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 69 out of 134

$359K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 70 out of 134

222 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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 Idaho
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 222 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 222 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,359 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

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 Idaho
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 316 123 S3 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 304 190 2 2
LISINOPRIL 217 162 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 216 144 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 181 126 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 179 121 6 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 121 44 7 15
METFORMIN HCL 103 65 8 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 62 9 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 92 25 10 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 79 11 11
RANITIDINE HCL 85 23 12 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 82 66 13 10
OXYCODONE HCL 77 39 S2 14 71
ALLOPURINOL 69 52 15 25
TRAMADOL HCL 67 38 16 22
CLONIDINE HCL 66 40 17 60
SUBOXONE 62 0 18 171
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 61 34 19 6
RISPERIDONE 60 24 20 67
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 60 31 20 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 58 36 22 26
CYMBALTA 56 18 23 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 29 23 21
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 55 35 S2 25 70
TRAZODONE HCL 54 14 26 23
GABAPENTIN 53 18 27 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 53 12 27 96
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.