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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,617Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 64

$636K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 64

393 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
18% 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 Utah
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 393 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 393 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 6,457 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 4%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $89 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 558 403 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 402 333 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 349 259 3 4
METFORMIN HCL 255 173 4 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 251 184 5 11
FENOFIBRATE 244 204 6 57
LISINOPRIL 194 170 7 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 169 144 S3 8 2
SYNTHROID 146 119 9 64
GABAPENTIN 128 110 10 16
CRESTOR 123 99 11 59
GLIMEPIRIDE 119 106 12 71
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 117 101 13 85
ALLOPURINOL 116 101 14 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 114 97 15 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 107 16 62
TRAZODONE HCL 102 65 17 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98 86 18 20
TRAMADOL HCL 98 64 18 38
ESTRADIOL 95 68 R 20 19
IBUPROFEN 89 71 21 102
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 59 21 53
FUROSEMIDE 87 77 23 7
CEFUROXIME 86 65 24 78
CELEBREX 84 68 25 105
CITALOPRAM HBR 76 67 26 21
CYMBALTA 74 47 27 31
MELOXICAM 73 61 28 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 71 53 29 47
JANUMET 66 53 30 115
TAMSULOSIN HCL 65 56 31 5
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 64 55 32 121
PAROXETINE HCL 58 29 33 132
WARFARIN SODIUM 58 49 33 10
PREMARIN 57 41 R 35 54
CLOPIDOGREL 57 57 35 86
ENDOCET 57 25 S2 35 90
NIASPAN 56 43 38 137
NEXIUM 56 45 38 137
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 41 40 146
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 35 R 41 151
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 36 42 12
AVODART 50 49 43 42
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.