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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,572Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 61 out of 113

$420K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 47 out of 113

254 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

7% of this provider’s 254 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 254 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 4,992 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 366 273 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 261 249 2 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 204 138 S3 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 203 165 4 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 191 121 5 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 184 157 6 10
ATENOLOL 174 133 7 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 173 153 8 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 172 143 9 4
BENAZEPRIL HCL 155 139 10 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 153 142 11 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 137 124 12 14
GABAPENTIN 113 90 13 18
SIMVASTATIN 100 89 14 2
LISINOPRIL 92 69 15 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 78 66 16 8
TRAZODONE HCL 75 51 17 41
ALLOPURINOL 72 56 18 20
METFORMIN HCL 70 62 19 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 67 65 20 24
TRAMADOL HCL 66 48 21 29
LOVASTATIN 66 55 21 53
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 61 46 23 55
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58 49 24 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 44 25 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 21 25 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 38 27 35
METFORMIN HCL ER 54 39 28 51
IRBESARTAN 54 51 28 99
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 53 30 73
NEXIUM 50 38 31 47
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 July 8, 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.