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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,754Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 30

$287K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 30

283 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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 Montana
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 283 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 283 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,418 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $89 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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 486 393 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 426 328 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 302 250 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 275 263 4 5
LISINOPRIL 230 200 5 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 224 181 6 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 207 190 7 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 111 8 23
METFORMIN HCL 148 110 9 13
OMEPRAZOLE 135 93 10 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 135 91 10 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 127 122 12 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 120 91 S3 13 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 117 110 14 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 98 79 15 21
MELOXICAM 93 68 16 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 91 81 17 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 89 88 18 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 89 74 18 8
GABAPENTIN 75 63 20 18
DIOVAN 70 62 21 60
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 47 22 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 62 36 23 71
FLUOXETINE HCL 62 51 23 71
TRAMADOL HCL 58 53 25 27
NEXIUM 57 23 26 20
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 39 27 48
SYNTHROID 52 40 27 93
SYMBICORT 51 40 29 96
ATENOLOL 50 46 30 19
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 June 16, 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.