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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,184Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 307

$929K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 307

641 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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 Montana
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 641 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 641 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 14,132 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 762 705 1 1
LISINOPRIL 630 537 2 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 549 505 3 14
SIMVASTATIN 504 433 4 2
NAMENDA 501 489 5 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 472 423 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 471 428 7 5
FUROSEMIDE 441 426 8 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 431 391 9 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 404 378 10 10
SERTRALINE HCL 375 317 11 22
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 318 261 12 68
DONEPEZIL HCL 285 273 13 34
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 275 244 S3 14 4
OLANZAPINE 237 174 15 70
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 231 225 16 12
DIGOXIN 228 228 17 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 227 174 18 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 213 192 19 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 209 198 20 13
GABAPENTIN 199 175 21 15
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 194 171 22 67
TRAZODONE HCL 189 181 23 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 183 170 24 21
METFORMIN HCL 182 141 25 8
ATENOLOL 156 124 26 17
MIRTAZAPINE 146 134 27 51
RISPERIDONE 144 109 28 62
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 138 124 29 72
CARVEDILOL 136 121 30 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 131 100 31 18
SEROQUEL 129 111 32 130
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 125 122 33 16
TRAMADOL HCL 111 111 34 25
ALLOPURINOL 108 84 35 27
ACTOS 101 76 36 93
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 97 97 37 94
FENTANYL 94 80 S2 38 35
FLUOXETINE HCL 93 55 39 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 74 40 23
CLOPIDOGREL 90 83 41 59
PREDNISONE 89 87 42 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 72 43 91
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 80 51 44 26
CEPHALEXIN 77 71 45 95
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 77 55 45 50
CYMBALTA 77 44 45 30
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 72 51 48 131
ROPINIROLE HCL 72 72 48 74
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 52 50 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68 65 51 19
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 67 66 52 88
PEN NEEDLE 67 61 52 128
DIOVAN 67 67 52 58
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 67 55 52 42
BACLOFEN 65 33 56 79
LEVETIRACETAM 63 39 57 141
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 63 63 57 142
CLONIDINE HCL 61 61 59 106
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 31 S2 59 63
METFORMIN HCL ER 61 57 59 52
GLIPIZIDE 60 44 62 71
KLOR-CON M20 58 54 63 64
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 58 55 63 84
GLIMEPIRIDE 55 55 65 60
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 48 66 121
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 49 66 83
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 39 68 40
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. 25, 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.