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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,120Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 134

$709K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 134

575 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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 Idaho
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 575 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 575 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 9,335 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% 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 $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 Idaho
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 827 497 S3 1 5
METFORMIN HCL 511 423 2 9
SIMVASTATIN 423 353 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 390 332 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 347 301 5 3
LISINOPRIL 300 279 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 252 191 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 204 178 8 6
SPIRONOLACTONE 198 153 9 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 196 178 10 8
CARVEDILOL 194 175 11 27
ALLOPURINOL 181 106 12 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 167 143 13 10
TRAMADOL HCL 164 88 14 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 149 125 15 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 148 142 16 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 102 17 26
RANITIDINE HCL 136 103 18 48
GABAPENTIN 131 77 19 12
PREDNISONE 130 93 20 28
CLOPIDOGREL 115 84 21 52
TORSEMIDE 114 112 22 107
CYMBALTA 111 65 23 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 106 87 24 14
FENTANYL 99 63 S2 25 41
OXYCODONE HCL 95 37 S2 26 71
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 84 27 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 92 77 28 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 91 55 29 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 88 71 30 36
CELEBREX 85 81 31 111
SERTRALINE HCL 84 78 32 24
TRAZODONE HCL 83 45 33 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 73 34 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81 56 34 15
NEXIUM 81 60 34 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 75 72 37 64
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 75 63 37 80
PLAVIX 74 58 39 86
MELOXICAM 72 39 40 35
METHADONE HCL 68 64 S2 41 83
CRESTOR 67 57 42 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 66 63 43 113
DIGOXIN 66 54 43 31
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 22 45 82
SYNTHROID 63 63 45 56
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 40 47 61
NAMENDA 61 61 48 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 36 49 20
EVISTA 59 59 49 135
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 58 25 S2 51 70
FAMOTIDINE 56 24 52 137
NIASPAN 56 51 52 133
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 52 52 123
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 54 55 40
SPIRIVA 54 54 55 47
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 53 52 57 176
INSULIN SYRINGE 52 48 58 104
PAROXETINE HCL 52 28 58 46
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 33 58 183
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 52 58 21
VICTOZA 3-PAK 51 17 62 239
LANTUS 50 31 63 32
CEFDINIR 50 44 63 243
DILTIAZEM ER 50 35 63 91
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. 19, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.