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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,250Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 134

$912K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 134

778 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 778 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 778 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 16,408 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 711 607 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 656 585 2 3
GABAPENTIN 646 501 3 12
FUROSEMIDE 633 542 4 7
LISINOPRIL 626 572 5 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 579 405 S3 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 466 424 7 17
METFORMIN HCL 436 358 8 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 432 387 9 6
SIMVASTATIN 431 395 10 2
SPIRONOLACTONE 354 317 11 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 314 293 12 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 308 282 13 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 306 257 14 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 304 250 15 8
LOVASTATIN 271 237 16 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 265 243 17 14
ATENOLOL 247 196 18 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 231 202 19 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 217 172 20 36
ALLOPURINOL 209 178 21 25
TRAMADOL HCL 197 175 22 22
MELOXICAM 186 152 23 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 182 177 24 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 177 146 25 15
PREDNISONE 172 154 26 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 124 27 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 147 145 28 21
DIGOXIN 147 146 28 31
CLOPIDOGREL 141 136 30 52
OLANZAPINE 140 130 31 74
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 138 123 32 18
CARVEDILOL 138 112 32 27
TRAZODONE HCL 131 99 34 23
METOLAZONE 119 94 35 140
CYMBALTA 118 75 36 37
SERTRALINE HCL 117 89 37 24
KLOR-CON M20 115 105 38 92
NAMENDA 114 114 39 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 112 107 40 20
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 110 93 41 76
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 106 85 42 62
DONEPEZIL HCL 106 105 42 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 104 93 44 57
LANTUS 98 61 45 32
ROPINIROLE HCL 98 86 45 63
PLAVIX 97 91 47 86
ADVAIR DISKUS 97 93 47 38
MIRTAZAPINE 96 96 49 44
PROAIR HFA 94 83 50 49
METFORMIN HCL ER 91 51 51 43
CRESTOR 90 79 52 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 84 84 53 65
SUCRALFATE 81 80 54 197
GLIPIZIDE 80 71 55 99
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 79 63 S2 56 70
RANITIDINE HCL 79 75 56 48
RAMIPRIL 79 67 56 73
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 77 67 59 40
BUMETANIDE 76 57 60 147
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 72 69 61 98
AZITHROMYCIN 72 57 61 78
LANSOPRAZOLE 71 65 63 152
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 70 69 64 59
CEPHALEXIN 69 61 65 109
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 68 49 R 66 51
SINGULAIR 66 52 67 94
FENTANYL 65 58 S2 68 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 60 68 64
FLUOXETINE HCL 62 59 70 42
CLONIDINE HCL 62 50 70 60
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 62 35 70 101
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 61 54 73 68
PAROXETINE HCL 61 48 73 46
AGGRENOX 60 60 75 122
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 60 75 58
DIOVAN 59 56 77 55
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 58 57 78 106
BENICAR 56 50 79 129
CHLORTHALIDONE 56 55 79 118
LYRICA 56 48 79 116
CELEBREX 56 45 79 111
SPIRIVA 55 50 83 47
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 46 83 89
ESTRADIOL 54 47 R 85 66
INDOMETHACIN 54 33 R 85 228
KLOR-CON M10 54 53 85 180
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 53 53 88 153
VENTOLIN HFA 51 49 89 183
INSULIN SYRINGE 51 21 89 104
NEXIUM 50 28 91 54
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 50 32 91 180
VESICARE 50 50 91 141
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 Sept. 18, 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.