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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,688Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 131 out of 487

$245K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 192 out of 487

219 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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

6% of this provider’s 219 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 219 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 5,255 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 279 274 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 252 247 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 250 236 3 2
LISINOPRIL 248 243 4 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 197 165 5 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 189 177 6 1
FUROSEMIDE 163 150 7 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 142 133 S3 8 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 117 102 9 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 115 115 10 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 111 98 11 10
PREDNISONE 107 70 12 37
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 106 101 13 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 97 72 14 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 97 81 14 18
MELOXICAM 93 77 16 26
CRESTOR 79 68 17 42
ATENOLOL 75 75 18 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 59 R 19 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 63 20 24
FENTANYL 63 63 S2 20 36
NEXIUM 63 63 20 41
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 63 20 63
TRAMADOL HCL 61 60 24 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 49 25 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 49 26 75
DILTIAZEM ER 56 56 26 115
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 50 28 9
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.