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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,447Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 307

$302K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 65 out of 307

196 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%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 Montana
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 196 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,984 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 Montana
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 650 630 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 439 415 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 251 225 3 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 247 235 4 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 235 216 5 16
METFORMIN HCL 231 219 6 8
FUROSEMIDE 206 202 7 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 154 154 8 10
OMEPRAZOLE 138 122 9 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 130 130 10 13
LISINOPRIL 122 120 11 3
CARVEDILOL 116 95 12 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 115 108 13 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 101 101 14 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 87 15 46
NEXIUM 84 79 16 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 79 79 17 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 64 18 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 74 19 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 72 72 20 19
PAROXETINE HCL 72 51 20 43
CRESTOR 64 54 22 39
TRAZODONE HCL 59 58 23 33
COUMADIN 57 49 24 215
SERTRALINE HCL 52 42 25 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 52 52 25 11
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 9, 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.