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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,388Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 224

$323K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 47 out of 224

239 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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 Vermont
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 239 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 239 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,630 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 Vermont
WARFARIN SODIUM 272 264 1 10
OMEPRAZOLE 270 167 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 255 149 3 4
LISINOPRIL 248 178 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 242 129 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 190 138 6 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 147 100 S3 7 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 147 145 7 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 142 135 9 15
METFORMIN HCL 128 78 10 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 117 105 11 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 112 70 12 8
GABAPENTIN 107 83 13 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 76 14 6
RISPERIDONE 103 85 14 50
ATENOLOL 99 67 16 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 89 66 17 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 83 72 18 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 61 19 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 79 63 20 92
TRAMADOL HCL 77 61 21 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 75 75 22 36
MIRTAZAPINE 62 61 23 54
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 56 24 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 58 51 25 30
GEMFIBROZIL 56 0 26 123
GLYBURIDE 55 23 R 27 61
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 52 44 28 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 34 28 45
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 44 30 102
NEXIUM 51 0 30 34
LOVASTATIN 50 37 32 33
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. 9, 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.