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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,108Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 58 out of 134

$487K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 134

421 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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

4% of this provider’s 421 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 421 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 6,012 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$68 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 399 375 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 324 274 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 285 252 3 2
LISINOPRIL 255 233 4 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 178 154 5 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 176 171 6 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 162 151 7 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 141 128 8 21
CYMBALTA 135 100 9 37
FUROSEMIDE 132 120 10 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 97 11 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 113 101 12 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 111 13 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 111 93 14 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 108 99 15 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 104 81 16 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 99 76 S3 17 5
METFORMIN HCL 94 78 18 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 92 88 19 20
TRAMADOL HCL 90 55 20 22
ATENOLOL 82 80 21 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 81 67 22 10
MIRTAZAPINE 73 66 23 44
SERTRALINE HCL 73 60 23 24
TRAZODONE HCL 66 36 25 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 48 R 26 51
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 62 55 27 17
PROAIR HFA 62 57 27 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 61 61 29 30
PAROXETINE HCL 56 56 30 46
LOVASTATIN 55 55 31 33
ESTRADIOL 54 44 R 32 66
EVISTA 51 51 33 135
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. 21, 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.