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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,950Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 61 out of 134

$393K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 134

399 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 399 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 399 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 5,228 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 336 270 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 315 202 S3 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 295 229 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 253 227 4 2
LISINOPRIL 248 214 5 4
GABAPENTIN 227 131 6 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 176 155 7 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 167 140 8 10
FUROSEMIDE 127 84 9 7
SERTRALINE HCL 122 106 10 24
TRAZODONE HCL 113 66 11 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 113 110 11 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 111 67 13 15
METFORMIN HCL ER 110 100 14 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 108 15 13
METFORMIN HCL 99 77 16 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 87 65 17 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 74 18 11
ATENOLOL 83 61 19 19
LANTUS 83 62 19 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 80 65 21 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 80 48 21 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 42 23 42
TRAMADOL HCL 70 59 24 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 67 61 25 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 62 26 21
PAROXETINE HCL 55 26 27 46
CARVEDILOL 53 53 28 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 52 49 29 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL 51 43 30 26
JANUVIA 51 39 30 77
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 Oct. 25, 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.