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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,648Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 113

$493K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 113

360 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

10% of this provider’s 360 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 360 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,169 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 417 356 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 363 268 S3 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 359 308 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 357 309 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 215 215 5 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 210 196 6 17
FUROSEMIDE 203 197 7 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 175 161 8 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 175 175 8 13
METFORMIN HCL 164 145 10 11
GABAPENTIN 162 138 11 18
LISINOPRIL 158 104 12 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 142 119 13 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 102 14 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 116 115 15 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 114 114 16 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 114 98 16 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 92 18 22
ATENOLOL 103 98 19 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 102 87 20 14
LANTUS 101 89 21 38
TRAZODONE HCL 98 66 22 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 95 95 23 10
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 91 61 24 138
FENTANYL 87 66 S2 25 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 76 26 19
SYNTHROID 82 72 27 57
CRESTOR 76 54 28 30
ALLOPURINOL 71 63 29 20
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 66 65 30 181
EVISTA 65 65 31 119
NEXIUM 64 39 32 47
OXYCODONE HCL 58 27 S2 33 62
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 55 33 63
PREDNISONE 56 55 35 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 39 36 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 51 48 37 24
JANUVIA 51 49 37 85
CYMBALTA 51 40 37 37
NAMENDA 50 50 40 48
PROAIR HFA 50 12 40 64
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 May 12, 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.