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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,953Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 57 out of 113

$325K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 67 out of 113

365 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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 Montana
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 365 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 365 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 6,002 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 391 233 S3 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 381 324 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 346 310 3 1
LISINOPRIL 229 222 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 215 204 5 5
ATENOLOL 182 173 6 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 160 143 7 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 121 117 8 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 118 116 9 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 115 115 10 4
METFORMIN HCL 111 105 11 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 108 95 12 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 107 91 13 12
FUROSEMIDE 104 98 14 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 97 70 15 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 84 16 9
ALLOPURINOL 84 81 17 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 69 18 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 83 83 18 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 80 20 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 79 73 21 17
FAMOTIDINE 76 66 22 71
OXYCODONE HCL 69 66 S2 23 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL 69 69 23 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 66 62 25 13
METHOCARBAMOL 59 43 R 26 155
TRAMADOL HCL 58 35 27 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 49 28 77
DIGOXIN 54 54 28 27
GABAPENTIN 52 41 30 18
CYMBALTA 52 43 30 37
PROAIR HFA 51 50 32 64
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 Feb. 13, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.