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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,172Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 134

$1.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 134

808 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%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
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Idaho
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 808 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 808 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 17,344 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

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 952 811 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 872 735 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 752 601 S3 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 665 603 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 589 487 5 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 534 479 6 10
LISINOPRIL 502 424 7 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 458 410 8 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 321 275 9 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 310 286 10 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 305 251 11 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 300 263 12 20
GABAPENTIN 293 241 13 12
METFORMIN HCL 284 210 14 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 273 252 15 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 268 263 16 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 266 214 17 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 257 234 18 8
ATENOLOL 247 224 19 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 236 198 20 18
TRAZODONE HCL 235 130 21 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 232 198 22 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 225 198 23 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 215 188 24 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 196 25 50
CARVEDILOL 204 189 26 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 203 154 27 38
PREDNISONE 198 149 28 28
TRAMADOL HCL 194 151 29 22
DIGOXIN 176 176 30 31
CYMBALTA 173 136 31 37
GLIMEPIRIDE 166 141 32 36
MIRTAZAPINE 159 132 33 44
NEXIUM 157 89 34 54
FENTANYL 151 107 S2 35 41
MELOXICAM 148 132 36 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 142 131 37 59
CRESTOR 137 95 38 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 135 107 39 42
PROAIR HFA 134 88 40 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 134 120 40 57
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 131 114 42 65
DONEPEZIL HCL 127 127 43 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 121 101 44 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 120 104 45 58
ALLOPURINOL 119 106 46 25
SERTRALINE HCL 118 83 47 24
ROPINIROLE HCL 114 107 48 63
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 96 49 45
CLONIDINE HCL 110 86 50 60
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 108 92 51 68
JANUVIA 108 95 51 77
FINASTERIDE 107 104 53 85
AZITHROMYCIN 101 81 54 78
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 97 97 55 64
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 96 71 R 56 51
LANTUS 95 68 57 32
DILTIAZEM ER 92 71 58 91
METFORMIN HCL ER 90 86 59 43
PAROXETINE HCL 89 59 60 46
RANITIDINE HCL 88 85 61 48
NAMENDA 83 83 62 53
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 77 69 63 62
OXYCODONE HCL 70 39 S2 64 71
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 68 51 65 98
GLIPIZIDE 67 62 66 99
CELEBREX 66 54 67 111
COMBIVENT 65 46 68 177
AGGRENOX 65 65 68 122
LEVOFLOXACIN 64 48 70 117
BYSTOLIC 63 63 71 126
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 61 26 S2 72 70
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 60 31 73 61
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 35 74 76
KLOR-CON M20 58 35 75 92
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 49 76 40
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 56 47 77 161
PREMARIN 55 48 R 78 84
LOVASTATIN 55 55 78 33
QUINAPRIL HCL 54 54 80 115
HUMALOG 53 49 81 97
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 18 S2 82 150
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 52 42 82 172
CLOPIDOGREL 52 50 82 52
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 51 41 85 239
SPIRIVA 50 45 86 47
SYMBICORT 50 43 86 105
JANUMET 50 48 86 145
LANSOPRAZOLE 50 44 86 152
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 Oct. 15, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.