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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,672Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 192

$519K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 192

58 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
0% 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 Alaska
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

43% of this provider’s 58 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,070 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 26%.

Prescription Price

$111 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

81 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Alaska
CITALOPRAM HBR 177 138 1 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 170 125 2 45
SIMVASTATIN 131 105 3 2
LISINOPRIL 131 107 3 1
LANTUS 129 84 5 59
OXYCODONE HCL 107 58 S2 6 20
LACTULOSE 105 93 7 88
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 102 54 8 54
GABAPENTIN 96 41 9 10
NEXIUM 96 47 9 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 94 80 11 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 90 87 12 17
OMEPRAZOLE 89 64 13 3
FAMOTIDINE 87 59 14 55
BACLOFEN 87 28 14 47
FUROSEMIDE 76 43 16 7
ATENOLOL 74 50 17 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 40 18 25
METFORMIN HCL 61 37 19 8
NOVOLOG 60 36 20 151
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 45 21 9
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 12 22 72
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 25 22 32
KLOR-CON M20 52 35 24 109
SEROQUEL 51 27 25 185
TRAMADOL HCL 50 35 26 42
MIRTAZAPINE 50 33 26 82
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 Feb. 11, 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.