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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,951Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 64 out of 307

$381K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 307

277 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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

18% of this provider’s 277 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 277 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 4,097 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 Montana
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 232 163 S3 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 231 183 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 219 146 3 1
LISINOPRIL 190 127 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 149 96 5 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 138 96 6 20
FUROSEMIDE 130 114 7 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 129 109 8 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 117 9 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 116 97 10 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 114 100 11 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 110 85 12 16
METHADONE HCL 108 36 S2 13 80
WARFARIN SODIUM 89 82 14 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 89 51 14 19
MELOXICAM 86 65 16 29
ATENOLOL 83 60 17 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 82 79 18 12
OXYCODONE HCL 76 36 S2 19 31
NEXIUM 70 31 20 38
METFORMIN HCL 69 60 21 8
SYNTHROID 59 59 22 85
LYRICA 58 29 23 82
OXYCONTIN 56 39 S2 24 77
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 47 25 49
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 40 26 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 49 26 28
CRESTOR 51 50 28 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 50 43 29 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 31 29 32
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 March 23, 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.