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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,473Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 223

$964K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 223

872 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
13% 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

2% of this provider’s 872 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 872 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 13,121 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,248 1,179 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 711 678 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 551 502 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 495 456 S3 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 452 429 5 6
LISINOPRIL 418 366 6 4
METFORMIN HCL 361 328 7 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 334 309 8 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 275 263 9 12
FUROSEMIDE 266 234 10 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 266 241 10 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 211 184 12 16
FENOFIBRATE 209 192 13 38
TRAZODONE HCL 174 140 14 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 170 156 15 20
GABAPENTIN 160 144 16 10
ALLOPURINOL 156 125 17 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 154 135 18 25
TRAMADOL HCL 153 136 19 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 149 137 20 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 148 143 21 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 136 22 31
CELEBREX 141 126 23 42
LANTUS 137 134 24 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 129 25 13
CYMBALTA 134 132 26 40
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 106 27 29
SERTRALINE HCL 130 117 28 21
BYSTOLIC 127 125 29 87
SYNTHROID 126 122 30 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 119 119 31 36
NAMENDA 115 115 32 48
NEXIUM 112 91 33 49
CRESTOR 110 99 34 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 107 106 35 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 101 36 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 106 90 36 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 98 83 R 38 61
MELOXICAM 94 77 39 33
NITROFURANTOIN 90 77 40 204
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 90 80 40 39
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 88 81 42 69
ATENOLOL 83 80 43 32
DIOVAN HCT 82 81 44 111
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 80 44 26
LEVOXYL 82 82 44 78
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 72 47 24
LYRICA 80 69 48 84
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 73 56 49 15
ACTOS 69 67 50 95
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 67 47 R 51 79
ZETIA 65 55 52 68
TRICOR 62 50 53 120
IBUPROFEN 61 51 54 46
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 55 55 60
LOVASTATIN 58 49 56 51
CLOPIDOGREL 56 53 57 56
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 53 57 53
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 51 59 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 39 60 47
DIOVAN 50 50 61 54
BUPROPION XL 50 45 61 117
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 Oct. 16, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.