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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,691Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 586

$472K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 586

301 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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
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this specialty
in Utah
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 301 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 301 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,305 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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
OMEPRAZOLE 519 462 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 477 413 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 378 298 S3 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 362 324 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 343 331 5 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 315 268 6 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 264 223 7 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 232 193 8 7
GABAPENTIN 202 175 9 11
MELOXICAM 194 167 10 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 163 120 11 8
TRAMADOL HCL 153 142 12 15
KLOR-CON M20 149 135 13 92
LISINOPRIL 142 131 14 4
METFORMIN HCL 141 130 15 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 135 122 16 26
CLOPIDOGREL 125 122 17 71
RISPERIDONE 121 118 18 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 114 102 19 19
ALLOPURINOL 113 105 20 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 111 111 21 23
LANTUS 110 102 22 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 106 98 23 18
SERTRALINE HCL 99 81 24 21
CYMBALTA 95 88 25 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 91 84 26 17
ATENOLOL 88 63 27 34
DIGOXIN 88 88 27 96
DONEPEZIL HCL 86 86 29 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 83 69 30 90
NAMENDA 83 83 30 54
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 72 32 10
CARVEDILOL 82 82 32 30
FINASTERIDE 81 76 34 84
SPIRONOLACTONE 78 77 35 76
PLAVIX 78 71 35 141
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 78 77 35 109
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 53 38 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74 71 39 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 74 60 39 14
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 74 63 39 127
METFORMIN HCL ER 72 59 42 37
FENTANYL 71 68 S2 43 63
KLOR-CON M10 71 58 43 170
PAROXETINE HCL 71 56 43 65
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 66 58 46 208
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 61 43 47 83
NEXIUM 59 59 48 51
RANITIDINE HCL 59 59 48 61
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 50 50 82
METOLAZONE 56 55 51 154
PREDNISONE 54 49 52 56
CELEBREX 51 41 53 44
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 47 54 22
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.