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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,290Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 586

$681K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 586

538 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

6% of this provider’s 538 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 538 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,121 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 620 518 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 430 262 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 422 338 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 422 298 S3 3 5
LISINOPRIL 400 336 5 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 305 226 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 282 263 7 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 254 226 8 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 182 179 9 19
FUROSEMIDE 175 155 10 9
TRAZODONE HCL 174 111 11 20
FENOFIBRATE 165 122 12 39
METFORMIN HCL ER 164 144 13 37
IBUPROFEN 153 83 14 43
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 149 116 15 18
TRAMADOL HCL 146 97 16 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 120 17 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 121 18 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 141 99 19 12
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 133 20 31
FLUOXETINE HCL 130 96 21 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 129 105 22 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 128 85 23 17
METFORMIN HCL 125 97 24 6
ALLOPURINOL 119 118 25 35
GABAPENTIN 117 73 26 11
LANTUS 116 64 27 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 109 86 28 13
CARISOPRODOL 109 49 R 28 57
DONEPEZIL HCL 98 98 30 40
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 89 44 31 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 77 32 23
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 81 38 33 69
SERTRALINE HCL 79 53 34 21
OLANZAPINE 78 25 35 73
GLIMEPIRIDE 76 70 36 38
SYNTHROID 69 57 37 45
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 68 54 38 26
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 68 64 38 53
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 67 42 40 109
CELEBREX 66 49 41 44
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 23 42 108
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64 62 42 52
NAMENDA 62 62 44 54
VERAPAMIL ER 60 32 45 97
MIRTAZAPINE 56 49 46 64
OXYCODONE HCL 56 0 S2 46 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 38 46 28
CYMBALTA 54 30 49 29
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54 38 R 49 62
LAMOTRIGINE 53 12 51 67
RISPERIDONE 52 50 52 46
CRESTOR 51 38 53 42
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 51 24 53 131
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 22 55 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 June 26, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.