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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,300Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 223

$837K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 223

647 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%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
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this specialty
in Utah
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 647 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 647 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 12,815 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 876 760 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 636 552 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 547 390 S3 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 517 466 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 450 391 5 9
LISINOPRIL 437 393 6 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 364 323 7 12
GABAPENTIN 296 238 8 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 293 228 9 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 293 244 9 6
METFORMIN HCL 266 253 11 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 252 241 12 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 196 184 13 30
TRAMADOL HCL 178 118 14 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 163 149 15 25
ALLOPURINOL 160 139 16 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 155 125 17 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 135 17 13
LANTUS 152 125 19 34
NEXIUM 151 124 20 49
SERTRALINE HCL 137 122 21 21
CELEBREX 134 117 22 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 131 118 23 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 124 119 24 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 123 115 25 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 123 118 25 45
TRAZODONE HCL 118 93 27 22
CARVEDILOL 112 108 28 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 111 98 29 24
ATENOLOL 111 94 29 32
MELOXICAM 111 88 29 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108 105 32 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 91 33 29
CYMBALTA 99 89 34 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 95 79 35 14
ROPINIROLE HCL 93 72 36 62
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 87 86 37 70
GLIPIZIDE ER 87 78 37 98
BUSPIRONE HCL 85 82 39 209
PAROXETINE HCL 82 69 40 52
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 69 41 31
OXYCODONE HCL 80 17 S2 42 50
BYSTOLIC 79 69 43 87
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78 61 44 19
CARISOPRODOL 77 22 R 45 63
LYRICA 75 51 46 84
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 75 75 46 17
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 71 43 R 48 61
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 65 49 27
RANITIDINE HCL 70 70 49 65
AZITHROMYCIN 69 54 51 44
METFORMIN HCL ER 69 64 51 41
TERAZOSIN HCL 69 59 51 125
MIRTAZAPINE 69 57 51 94
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 69 67 51 185
PREDNISONE 68 65 56 43
DIOVAN 67 67 57 54
PROPRANOLOL HCL 66 61 58 93
IBUPROFEN 64 53 59 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 51 59 47
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63 45 61 83
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 62 62 62 75
CEPHALEXIN 62 53 62 139
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 31 S2 62 106
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 61 65 101
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 61 34 S2 65 90
NAMENDA 58 48 67 48
PROAIR HFA 55 49 68 64
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 54 69 57
LEVOXYL 54 54 69 78
BUMETANIDE 53 39 71 136
CLOPIDOGREL 52 49 72 56
SYNTHROID 51 38 73 35
GEMFIBROZIL 51 43 73 137
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 46 75 53
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 Jan. 11, 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.