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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,732Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 223

$937K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 223

680 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

5% of this provider’s 680 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 680 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 13,624 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 974 707 S3 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 893 727 2 3
LISINOPRIL 755 673 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 737 608 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 510 433 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 494 445 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 449 401 7 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 399 264 8 8
TRAMADOL HCL 396 326 9 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 378 356 10 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 324 276 11 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 321 309 12 13
FUROSEMIDE 278 253 13 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 271 241 14 20
TRAZODONE HCL 243 174 15 22
CARVEDILOL 221 202 16 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 219 210 17 25
GABAPENTIN 218 164 18 10
FLUOXETINE HCL 208 131 19 24
CRESTOR 188 164 20 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 178 159 21 16
SERTRALINE HCL 150 143 22 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 141 23 26
GLIPIZIDE 138 137 24 112
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 135 115 25 19
LANTUS 135 108 25 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 135 116 25 11
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 133 123 28 60
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 131 120 29 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 130 112 30 27
ROPINIROLE HCL 125 99 31 62
PREDNISONE 124 107 32 43
CYMBALTA 119 39 33 40
NAPROXEN 113 87 34 80
ESTRADIOL 113 62 R 34 59
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 112 78 36 83
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 109 98 37 132
IBUPROFEN 106 49 38 46
ALLOPURINOL 105 93 39 28
ACTOS 104 96 40 95
FINASTERIDE 104 104 40 58
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 99 87 42 15
RISPERIDONE 90 62 43 103
PROMETHAZINE HCL 90 42 R 43 118
HUMALOG 89 80 45 96
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 89 37 R 45 79
GLYBURIDE 88 84 R 47 71
PROPRANOLOL HCL 87 87 48 93
FENOFIBRATE 86 55 49 38
PROAIR HFA 85 66 50 64
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 81 74 51 69
SUCRALFATE 81 41 51 211
ZETIA 76 49 53 68
INSULIN SYRINGE 75 58 54 81
SYMBICORT 68 54 55 175
ADVAIR DISKUS 65 31 56 47
AZITHROMYCIN 65 54 56 44
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65 54 56 75
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 32 R 59 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 60 56 59 45
DICYCLOMINE HCL 59 0 61 233
SYNTHROID 58 58 62 35
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 48 63 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 52 63 110
VENTOLIN HFA 56 23 63 130
INDAPAMIDE 55 51 66 163
ATENOLOL 55 55 66 32
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 54 51 68 247
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 52 48 69 138
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 52 19 69 70
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 46 69 39
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 March 23, 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.