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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,337Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 134

$824K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 134

831 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%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
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Idaho
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 831 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 831 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,392 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 Idaho
LISINOPRIL 1,056 940 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 922 822 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 903 791 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 877 781 4 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 664 487 S3 5 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 635 541 6 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 577 556 7 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 531 480 8 8
FUROSEMIDE 423 346 9 7
METFORMIN HCL 395 352 10 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 338 306 11 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 299 234 12 15
SPIRONOLACTONE 290 259 13 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 252 227 14 11
GABAPENTIN 229 191 15 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 223 188 16 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 219 181 17 14
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 205 127 R 18 51
TRAZODONE HCL 204 156 19 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 196 193 20 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 188 179 21 20
FINASTERIDE 180 153 22 85
LANTUS 178 132 23 32
TRAMADOL HCL 144 139 24 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 142 25 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 140 103 26 34
PREDNISONE 131 108 27 28
SERTRALINE HCL 131 110 27 24
DIGOXIN 126 112 29 31
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 125 101 30 65
PAROXETINE HCL 123 95 31 46
FLUOXETINE HCL 114 84 32 42
DONEPEZIL HCL 114 113 32 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 103 94 34 36
CARVEDILOL 100 100 35 27
CYMBALTA 97 52 36 37
ATENOLOL 97 90 36 19
MELOXICAM 97 72 36 35
ALLOPURINOL 93 72 39 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 90 62 40 38
BUPROPION HCL SR 89 45 41 148
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 86 74 42 40
CLONIDINE HCL 83 74 43 60
DILTIAZEM ER 83 72 43 91
INSULIN SYRINGE 83 56 43 104
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 82 66 46 61
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 82 78 46 58
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 79 72 48 18
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 75 49 59
SYNTHROID 76 63 50 56
RAMIPRIL 67 66 51 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 61 51 64
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 54 51 57
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 67 55 51 125
GLIPIZIDE 67 54 51 99
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 66 50 S2 56 70
HUMALOG 64 55 57 97
RISPERIDONE 63 49 58 67
GLYBURIDE 61 57 R 59 88
RANITIDINE HCL 61 46 59 48
QUINAPRIL HCL 59 56 61 115
PREMARIN 58 43 R 62 84
ACTOS 54 54 63 81
PROAIR HFA 54 29 63 49
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 54 54 63 121
METFORMIN HCL ER 53 29 66 43
GLIPIZIDE XL 52 52 67 233
NOVOLOG 52 26 67 72
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 13 R 67 93
LOVASTATIN 52 52 67 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 48 71 117
NEXIUM 51 22 71 54
MIRTAZAPINE 50 50 73 44
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. 4, 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.