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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,977Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 307

$607K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 307

314 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 314 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 314 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,088 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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 545 435 1 1
LISINOPRIL 515 429 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 484 327 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 476 356 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 402 273 S3 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 355 227 6 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 279 201 7 10
GABAPENTIN 258 127 8 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 253 224 9 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 232 204 10 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 225 136 11 12
TRAZODONE HCL 198 129 12 33
METFORMIN HCL 192 120 13 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 169 113 14 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 166 151 15 11
OXYCODONE HCL 163 104 S2 16 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 148 124 17 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 96 18 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 132 103 19 18
PROAIR HFA 126 76 20 53
SERTRALINE HCL 122 98 21 22
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 120 77 S2 22 56
BACLOFEN 109 43 23 79
CRESTOR 102 56 24 39
ALLOPURINOL 100 56 25 27
FLUOXETINE HCL 93 49 26 32
KLOR-CON 10 88 58 27 95
TRAMADOL HCL 88 58 27 25
FENTANYL 88 68 S2 27 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 40 30 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 37 31 19
DIGOXIN 79 65 32 36
PAROXETINE HCL 79 55 32 43
RANITIDINE HCL 78 49 34 57
JANUVIA 77 54 35 97
DONEPEZIL HCL 77 77 35 34
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 74 41 R 37 65
BENAZEPRIL HCL 74 48 37 73
GLIPIZIDE ER 71 69 39 122
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 70 58 40 67
KLOR-CON M20 70 29 40 64
MELOXICAM 68 42 42 29
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 66 35 43 91
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 65 57 44 20
MIRTAZAPINE 65 50 44 51
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 46 46 50
GLIPIZIDE 64 42 46 71
SPIRIVA 63 53 48 48
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63 40 48 88
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 63 11 R 48 75
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 59 0 51 72
ROPINIROLE HCL 58 32 52 74
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 25 53 40
DIOVAN 55 33 54 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 27 55 44
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 33 55 42
GLIPIZIDE XL 53 19 57 132
LANTUS 53 45 57 47
CARVEDILOL 52 52 59 24
RISPERIDONE 52 46 59 62
CLOPIDOGREL 50 42 61 59
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 Feb. 27, 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.