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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,803Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 223

$611K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 223

482 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 482 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 482 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 10,907 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 583 529 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 565 410 S3 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 527 432 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 400 344 4 9
OMEPRAZOLE 386 377 5 3
LISINOPRIL 354 301 6 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 302 225 7 11
METFORMIN HCL 299 249 8 7
SERTRALINE HCL 271 251 9 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 266 265 10 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 249 237 11 12
TRAMADOL HCL 244 225 12 18
GABAPENTIN 206 144 13 10
CARVEDILOL 181 153 14 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 175 149 15 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 165 160 16 8
LANTUS 137 99 17 34
DIOVAN 129 109 18 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 122 121 19 14
BENAZEPRIL HCL 121 117 20 57
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 116 108 21 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 115 95 22 17
TRAZODONE HCL 114 99 23 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 114 114 23 105
ALLOPURINOL 113 97 25 28
DIGOXIN 111 88 26 73
CITALOPRAM HBR 108 94 27 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 104 101 28 20
CELEBREX 99 99 29 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 84 29 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 81 31 47
CYMBALTA 92 72 32 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 92 69 32 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 79 34 13
PROPRANOLOL HCL 85 78 35 93
HUMALOG 83 55 36 96
CRESTOR 82 73 37 37
MELOXICAM 81 80 38 33
PREDNISONE 81 78 38 43
CLOPIDOGREL 80 64 40 56
KLOR-CON M10 78 74 41 141
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 74 65 42 75
SYNTHROID 70 70 43 35
GLIMEPIRIDE 69 69 44 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 69 69 44 26
GLYBURIDE 68 58 R 46 71
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 60 47 53
ATENOLOL 66 58 48 32
AZITHROMYCIN 66 64 48 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 64 64 50 36
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 61 61 51 76
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 60 56 52 39
OLANZAPINE 58 56 53 102
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 53 54 83
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 54 53 54 77
ESTRADIOL 53 47 R 56 59
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 53 56 62
RANITIDINE HCL 52 39 58 65
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 18 R 59 61
PLAVIX 50 40 59 85
NOVOLOG 50 28 59 97
LANOXIN 50 50 59 183
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 23, 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.