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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,274Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 223

$1.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 223

809 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
10% 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

4% of this provider’s 809 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 809 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 16,447 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
SIMVASTATIN 966 936 1 1
LISINOPRIL 793 763 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 716 671 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 690 658 4 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 553 533 5 14
METFORMIN HCL 500 488 6 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 446 406 7 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 399 374 8 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 392 365 9 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 381 377 10 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 340 320 11 19
FUROSEMIDE 318 310 12 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 317 313 13 17
TRAMADOL HCL 299 292 14 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 288 282 15 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 288 282 15 20
FLUOXETINE HCL 286 266 17 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 285 271 18 11
CARVEDILOL 283 265 19 23
CRESTOR 266 261 20 37
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 212 192 S3 21 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 199 194 22 16
ATENOLOL 184 184 23 32
GABAPENTIN 183 160 24 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 179 175 25 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 164 159 26 26
PAROXETINE HCL 152 146 27 52
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 147 146 28 27
SYNTHROID 131 126 29 35
LANTUS 130 111 30 34
LOVASTATIN 117 112 31 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 117 117 31 36
FENOFIBRATE 113 92 33 38
ALLOPURINOL 110 102 34 28
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 109 106 35 53
ADVAIR DISKUS 104 104 36 47
SPIRONOLACTONE 102 102 37 55
GLYBURIDE 101 95 R 38 71
FINASTERIDE 100 100 39 58
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 94 40 31
CLOPIDOGREL 91 88 41 56
CELEBREX 88 84 42 42
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 86 82 R 43 61
GLIMEPIRIDE 85 85 44 30
TRAZODONE HCL 83 76 45 22
PROPRANOLOL HCL 81 79 46 93
HUMALOG 81 69 46 96
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 80 80 48 39
PREDNISONE 79 79 49 43
PLAVIX 77 76 50 85
DIGOXIN 76 76 51 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 76 51 110
NAMENDA 75 75 53 48
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 74 71 54 70
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 72 69 55 138
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 68 60 R 56 79
DIOVAN 61 61 57 54
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 60 60 58 77
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 57 59 74
PRADAXA 56 56 60 170
TRICOR 54 33 61 120
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 54 61 113
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 54 61 45
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 50 64 69
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 Sept. 15, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.