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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,505Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 185 out of 487

$195K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 243 out of 487

195 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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

7% of this provider’s 195 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 195 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 4,130 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% 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

23 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 223 209 1 1
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 206 192 2 49
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 193 139 S3 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 172 157 4 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 119 107 5 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 112 107 6 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 110 107 7 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 91 8 24
GABAPENTIN 88 80 9 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 88 88 9 25
LISINOPRIL 86 86 11 5
AVODART 75 75 12 164
METFORMIN HCL 74 69 13 8
BYSTOLIC 73 73 14 131
FAMOTIDINE 69 66 15 94
FUROSEMIDE 67 62 16 7
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 64 17 90
FLUOXETINE HCL 64 64 18 28
SERTRALINE HCL 61 55 19 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 57 57 20 12
SIMVASTATIN 56 56 21 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 54 39 22 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 52 51 23 16
TRAZODONE HCL 51 51 24 22
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 45 24 46
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 June 22, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.