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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,824Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 586

$395K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 53 out of 586

419 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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 Utah
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 419 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 419 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 5,489 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 22%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 Utah
SIMVASTATIN 364 352 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 293 271 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 262 210 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 220 207 4 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 199 143 S3 5 5
METFORMIN HCL 160 147 6 6
BENAZEPRIL HCL 158 150 7 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 133 127 8 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 129 109 9 8
OXYCODONE HCL 123 46 S2 10 32
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 109 11 31
LISINOPRIL 118 108 12 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 90 13 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 107 68 14 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 105 82 15 17
TRAZODONE HCL 102 78 16 20
TRAMADOL HCL 101 88 17 15
CARVEDILOL 93 91 18 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 90 79 19 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 82 20 23
GABAPENTIN 84 40 21 11
FINASTERIDE 70 60 22 84
FENOFIBRATE 68 57 23 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 68 68 23 22
SYNTHROID 67 47 25 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 66 26 27
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 65 22 S2 27 49
CRESTOR 61 61 28 42
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 37 29 28
FUROSEMIDE 57 37 30 9
NAMENDA 53 53 31 54
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 51 32 R 32 60
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 51 46 32 26
ALLOPURINOL 51 50 32 35
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 May 28, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.