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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,008Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 113

$747K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 113

491 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

8% of this provider’s 491 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 491 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,934 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 478 419 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 410 387 2 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 377 364 3 10
LISINOPRIL 330 293 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 322 279 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 260 254 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 245 228 7 14
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 237 217 8 50
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 226 211 S3 9 7
OMEPRAZOLE 216 188 10 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 177 170 11 8
CARVEDILOL 166 140 12 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 162 134 13 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 162 149 13 36
BUMETANIDE 160 148 15 113
NAMENDA 157 157 16 48
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 146 137 17 15
CRESTOR 139 132 18 30
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 134 131 19 59
CITALOPRAM HBR 130 125 20 17
METFORMIN HCL 129 92 21 11
DIGOXIN 126 126 22 27
ALLOPURINOL 124 120 23 20
PREDNISONE 119 110 24 28
AZITHROMYCIN 109 95 25 65
SPIRONOLACTONE 108 96 26 32
BYSTOLIC 107 99 27 114
LANTUS 104 104 28 38
KLOR-CON M10 98 98 29 161
CYMBALTA 96 78 30 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 95 95 31 13
JANTOVEN 89 89 32 130
TAMSULOSIN HCL 89 89 32 24
ATENOLOL 87 65 34 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 83 83 35 33
DIOVAN 83 80 35 42
MIRTAZAPINE 80 75 37 71
HUMALOG 80 65 37 70
FAMOTIDINE 80 76 37 71
VESICARE 77 77 40 166
FENTANYL 75 73 S2 41 43
METOLAZONE 74 74 42 131
HYDRALAZINE HCL 68 68 43 173
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 47 43 35
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 67 58 45 26
OXYCODONE HCL 66 65 S2 46 62
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 64 47 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 62 47 63
CLOPIDOGREL 65 58 47 56
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 63 63 50 73
RANITIDINE HCL 63 41 50 96
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 57 52 9
RAMIPRIL 61 59 53 116
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 59 59 54 104
PRADAXA 59 53 54 151
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 58 56 56 86
SERTRALINE HCL 58 46 56 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 53 58 19
KLOR-CON M20 56 56 58 60
ZETIA 55 47 60 80
PLAVIX 55 51 60 81
DILTIAZEM ER 55 52 60 92
WELCHOL 54 48 63 193
LEVETIRACETAM 52 43 64 117
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 47 64 22
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 46 66 139
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 49 66 132
QUINAPRIL HCL 50 50 68 155
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 49 68 82
PEN NEEDLE 50 46 68 94
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 Nov. 12, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.