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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,243Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 113

$686K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 113

734 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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 Montana
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 734 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 734 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,646 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Montana
SIMVASTATIN 775 708 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 632 599 2 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 620 529 3 9
LISINOPRIL 618 564 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 544 488 5 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 451 423 6 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 450 418 7 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 426 380 S3 8 7
ATENOLOL 382 335 9 16
OMEPRAZOLE 379 335 10 5
METFORMIN HCL 361 341 11 11
FUROSEMIDE 348 328 12 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 339 324 13 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 286 249 14 15
FLUOXETINE HCL 254 217 15 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 209 173 16 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 207 177 17 14
BENAZEPRIL HCL 199 187 18 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 196 191 19 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 196 180 19 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 164 140 21 24
CLONIDINE HCL 151 149 22 74
ALLOPURINOL 150 139 23 20
PAROXETINE HCL 147 117 24 45
PREDNISONE 127 119 25 28
GABAPENTIN 126 109 26 18
CARVEDILOL 108 102 27 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 94 81 28 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 93 68 29 39
AZITHROMYCIN 90 78 30 65
CRESTOR 89 88 31 30
SERTRALINE HCL 89 79 31 21
FAMOTIDINE 82 82 33 71
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 82 82 33 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 78 78 35 33
GLIPIZIDE 76 69 36 75
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 76 74 36 59
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 76 63 36 112
DIOVAN 76 63 36 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 73 66 40 23
SYNTHROID 71 64 41 57
DIGOXIN 69 68 42 27
AGGRENOX 68 68 43 173
LOVAZA 67 41 44 176
COMBIVENT 65 63 45 99
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 58 46 63
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 63 47 50
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61 54 48 107
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 60 R 49 58
BENICAR 57 57 50 158
CELEBREX 57 40 50 90
LOVASTATIN 55 55 52 53
ZETIA 53 44 53 80
HUMALOG 53 48 53 70
METHOCARBAMOL 53 31 R 53 155
KLOR-CON 10 52 33 56 68
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 52 56 40
CYMBALTA 51 40 58 37
NEXIUM 51 42 58 47
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 41 60 86
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.