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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,958Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 223

$871K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 223

436 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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 Utah
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 436 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 436 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,417 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 Utah
OMEPRAZOLE 611 326 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 534 352 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 353 250 3 1
LISINOPRIL 349 232 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 323 195 S3 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 285 192 6 6
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 252 96 7 69
FUROSEMIDE 247 138 8 9
TRAMADOL HCL 221 107 9 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 203 164 10 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 203 128 10 26
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 202 73 R 12 121
METFORMIN HCL 199 130 13 7
GABAPENTIN 195 124 14 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 194 132 15 8
OLANZAPINE 193 96 16 102
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 191 99 17 70
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 155 30 18 153
WARFARIN SODIUM 155 91 18 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 139 85 20 12
CYMBALTA 138 56 21 40
FLUOXETINE HCL 136 96 22 24
TRAZODONE HCL 133 80 23 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 131 107 24 25
CLOZAPINE 131 40 24 164
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 123 86 26 17
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 119 56 27 123
RISPERIDONE 113 69 28 103
MELOXICAM 109 63 29 33
METFORMIN HCL ER 103 57 30 41
LANTUS 102 45 31 34
MIRTAZAPINE 99 85 32 94
RISPERDAL CONSTA 99 0 32 199
DONEPEZIL HCL 97 97 34 36
SEROQUEL 94 33 35 142
AZITHROMYCIN 93 50 36 44
CARBAMAZEPINE 83 56 37 161
LACTULOSE 82 41 38 210
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 59 38 13
ALLOPURINOL 82 67 38 28
GLIMEPIRIDE 79 74 41 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 79 49 41 15
OXYCODONE HCL 78 0 S2 43 50
NAMENDA 78 66 43 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 48 45 20
SPIRIVA 72 30 46 82
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 72 60 46 53
NOVOLOG 71 41 48 97
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 66 25 49 187
LEVOFLOXACIN 66 33 49 160
SYNTHROID 62 56 51 35
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 50 51 31
LAMOTRIGINE 61 0 53 143
IBUPROFEN 60 35 54 46
ATENOLOL 60 56 54 32
CARISOPRODOL 58 0 R 56 63
PREDNISONE 58 21 56 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 22 56 27
FENOFIBRATE 57 24 59 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 46 59 29
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 0 R 59 79
LYRICA 56 39 62 84
OLANZAPINE ODT 55 22 63 240
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 55 16 63 240
PAROXETINE HCL 55 0 63 52
SERTRALINE HCL 53 26 66 21
ABILIFY 50 0 67 140
HALOPERIDOL 50 22 67 186
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 Nov. 12, 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.