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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,469Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 307

$404K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 307

329 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%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
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this specialty
in Montana
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 329 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 329 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 3,868 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

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 Montana
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 407 277 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 322 151 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 303 115 3 5
LISINOPRIL 261 143 4 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 190 122 5 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 179 137 6 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 175 97 S3 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 175 77 7 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 173 116 9 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 129 79 10 19
METFORMIN HCL 121 60 11 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 113 61 12 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 101 13 9
ALLOPURINOL 90 50 14 27
GABAPENTIN 86 48 15 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 84 42 16 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 48 17 20
LANTUS 81 41 18 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 53 19 28
ATENOLOL 78 37 20 17
FENTANYL 78 58 S2 20 35
TIZANIDINE HCL 74 23 22 99
GEMFIBROZIL 73 32 23 69
OXYCODONE HCL 73 13 S2 23 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 73 64 23 60
PROPRANOLOL HCL 68 31 26 121
NEXIUM 62 0 27 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 61 43 28 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 60 50 29 16
IBUPROFEN 59 0 30 89
PROAIR HFA 59 22 30 53
DIOVAN 56 34 32 58
FAMOTIDINE 54 24 33 66
PROMETHAZINE HCL 52 0 R 34 115
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 51 42 35 18
CARVEDILOL 51 46 35 24
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 April 16, 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.