ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

7,797Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 134

$369K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 65 out of 134

242 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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 242 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 242 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 6,586 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


Another View

This chart shows a different comparison of all providers in this specialty based on their mix of drugs and volume. Providers are grouped by similarity; those least like their peers are farthest to the right. Hover over the bars to see names of other prescribers.

← Prescribers more like their peers Prescribers less like their peers →
KEY: How to read this
chart

Fewer Prescribers
More Prescribers

This Prescriber
Hover to see more prescribers

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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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 685 489 S3 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 280 265 2 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 245 228 3 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 225 200 4 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 220 206 5 8
OMEPRAZOLE 195 158 6 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 195 191 6 13
FUROSEMIDE 190 175 8 7
SIMVASTATIN 163 156 9 2
DIGOXIN 146 146 10 31
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 133 36 S2 11 70
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 109 109 12 17
QUINAPRIL HCL 108 105 13 115
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108 105 13 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 103 39 15 15
TORSEMIDE 102 96 16 107
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 95 17 11
LISINOPRIL 85 81 18 4
GABAPENTIN 85 77 18 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 81 20 26
DIOVAN 82 82 21 55
TRAZODONE HCL 81 78 22 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 78 23 18
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 76 62 24 69
ACTOS 72 68 25 81
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 69 49 R 26 51
TRAMADOL HCL 67 49 27 22
FENTANYL 65 60 S2 28 41
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 57 29 29
CARISOPRODOL 61 0 R 30 112
PROAIR HFA 57 43 31 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 57 31 64
ATENOLOL 54 53 33 19
SINGULAIR 54 49 33 94
ESTRADIOL 54 45 R 33 66
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 »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to drugs@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to drugs@propublica.org.

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 Nov. 19, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.