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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,336Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 80 out of 307

$315K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 307

226 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

12% of this provider’s 226 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 226 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 4,272 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
LISINOPRIL 218 194 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 215 174 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 207 174 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 167 133 S3 4 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 138 123 5 16
OMEPRAZOLE 136 99 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 126 88 7 8
ALLOPURINOL 123 100 8 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 105 105 9 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 103 96 10 26
ATENOLOL 93 92 11 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 91 90 12 7
FUROSEMIDE 91 77 12 6
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 85 79 14 61
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 84 67 15 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 80 64 16 13
OXYCONTIN 59 32 S2 17 77
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 57 50 18 12
TRAZODONE HCL 57 34 18 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 52 20 19
CEPHALEXIN 51 48 21 95
AZITHROMYCIN 50 41 22 55
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 Aug. 30, 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.