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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,312Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 223

$954K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 223

717 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
12% 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 Utah
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 717 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 717 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,384 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 850 810 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 659 604 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 464 367 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 430 324 S3 4 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 417 358 5 15
FUROSEMIDE 375 332 6 9
LISINOPRIL 365 329 7 4
GABAPENTIN 351 282 8 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 282 274 9 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 266 187 10 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 257 217 11 8
METFORMIN HCL ER 254 237 12 41
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 247 247 13 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 228 215 14 26
CRESTOR 214 193 15 37
TRAMADOL HCL 210 182 16 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 210 191 16 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 193 172 18 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 183 183 19 36
METFORMIN HCL 174 167 20 7
MELOXICAM 174 164 20 33
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 172 146 22 76
WARFARIN SODIUM 170 170 23 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 165 153 24 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157 141 25 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 153 153 26 25
FENOFIBRATE 143 133 27 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 140 130 28 19
SYNTHROID 138 128 29 35
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 129 100 30 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 126 108 31 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 102 32 29
AZITHROMYCIN 113 98 33 44
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 110 97 34 77
CARVEDILOL 109 100 35 23
DIOVAN HCT 109 101 35 111
CYMBALTA 107 106 37 40
NEXIUM 107 70 37 49
JANUVIA 107 104 37 66
ALLOPURINOL 106 99 40 28
IBUPROFEN 104 90 41 46
DIOVAN 101 94 42 54
PREDNISONE 97 85 43 43
BUPROPION HCL SR 89 54 44 72
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 71 45 45
BYSTOLIC 86 69 46 87
FINASTERIDE 85 83 47 58
BENAZEPRIL HCL 84 72 48 57
GLIMEPIRIDE 84 75 48 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 47 50 24
NAMENDA 79 79 51 48
ESTRADIOL 78 67 R 52 59
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 76 55 53 109
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 74 54 53
MIRTAZAPINE 73 58 55 94
SERTRALINE HCL 72 68 56 21
AMOXICILLIN 69 57 57 216
SPIRONOLACTONE 68 50 58 55
RANITIDINE HCL 68 64 58 65
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 63 60 27
EXELON 64 55 61 222
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 55 62 47
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 60 62 74
VERAPAMIL ER 62 61 64 89
TRAZODONE HCL 59 47 65 22
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 58 66 134
LANTUS 58 48 66 34
METHADONE HCL 58 38 S2 66 114
CELEBREX 57 57 69 42
PAROXETINE HCL 57 57 69 52
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 57 51 69 170
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 56 50 72 70
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 55 52 73 75
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 55 55 R 73 194
KLOR-CON 10 55 55 73 158
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 Dec. 1, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.