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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,213Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 113

$792K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 113

608 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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 Montana
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 608 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 608 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,976 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Montana
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 908 802 1 1
LISINOPRIL 692 641 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 674 590 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 546 480 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 388 282 S3 5 7
OMEPRAZOLE 343 255 6 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 318 287 7 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 315 301 8 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 291 239 9 23
FUROSEMIDE 288 244 10 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 274 260 11 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 248 237 12 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 247 236 13 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 235 208 14 17
METFORMIN HCL ER 212 177 15 51
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 201 193 16 13
MELOXICAM 199 162 17 44
METFORMIN HCL 184 164 18 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 183 160 19 10
GABAPENTIN 165 145 20 18
DIGOXIN 162 162 21 27
CYMBALTA 158 142 22 37
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 129 23 34
ALLOPURINOL 148 118 24 20
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 139 135 25 26
TRAZODONE HCL 132 114 26 41
CARVEDILOL 131 120 27 25
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 121 106 S3 28 129
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 113 29 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 109 86 30 15
CRESTOR 108 108 31 30
TRAMADOL HCL 107 81 32 29
ATENOLOL 106 95 33 16
PREMARIN 106 88 R 33 69
DIOVAN 104 100 35 42
BYSTOLIC 101 92 36 114
GLIMEPIRIDE 97 87 37 36
SERTRALINE HCL 97 77 37 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 93 69 39 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 90 71 40 32
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 89 41 40
LANTUS 89 80 41 38
CLOPIDOGREL 87 79 43 56
PLAVIX 87 78 43 81
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 84 84 45 22
NEXIUM 84 58 45 47
BENAZEPRIL HCL 81 69 47 46
ACTOS 80 57 48 109
LYRICA 76 51 49 83
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 54 49 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 74 63 51 115
KLOR-CON M20 71 54 52 60
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 70 50 53 59
PROAIR HFA 66 44 54 64
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 61 R 55 76
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 49 56 39
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 63 56 67
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 27 R 58 58
NAMENDA 60 47 59 48
GLIPIZIDE 60 60 59 75
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 42 61 107
IRBESARTAN 59 59 61 99
ADVAIR HFA 58 58 63 143
DONEPEZIL HCL 57 57 64 33
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 43 65 31
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 43 66 77
DIOVAN HCT 52 39 67 118
HUMALOG 52 34 67 70
VENTOLIN HFA 52 44 67 110
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 50 37 70 55
FENTANYL 50 42 S2 70 43
IBUPROFEN 50 28 70 204
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 Aug. 30, 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.