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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,615Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 223

$575K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 46 out of 223

428 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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 Utah
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 428 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 428 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,631 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
OMEPRAZOLE 706 604 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 598 553 2 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 573 548 3 11
LISINOPRIL 510 430 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 498 415 S3 5 5
SIMVASTATIN 455 398 6 1
METFORMIN HCL 360 312 7 7
FUROSEMIDE 341 299 8 9
TORSEMIDE 341 326 8 98
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 293 274 10 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 292 285 11 12
SPIRONOLACTONE 288 263 12 55
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 265 234 13 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 260 223 14 6
ATENOLOL 229 188 15 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 210 199 16 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 210 197 16 19
LOVASTATIN 191 187 18 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 183 183 19 20
LANTUS 180 159 20 34
CHLORTHALIDONE 179 154 21 107
SERTRALINE HCL 161 128 22 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 153 151 23 13
PREDNISONE 152 120 24 43
DIGOXIN 146 142 25 73
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 146 125 25 8
ALLOPURINOL 146 133 25 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 126 82 28 24
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 123 106 29 83
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 122 30 31
GABAPENTIN 121 121 31 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 117 96 32 17
KLOR-CON M10 109 107 33 141
GLIPIZIDE 108 78 34 112
TRAMADOL HCL 108 72 34 18
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 99 47 S2 36 90
IBUPROFEN 97 40 37 46
INSULIN SYRINGE 95 78 38 81
CARVEDILOL 94 51 39 23
AMIODARONE HCL 86 86 40 148
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 77 41 47
DIOVAN 84 84 42 54
ROPINIROLE HCL 82 69 43 62
RANITIDINE HCL 79 65 44 65
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 78 62 45 27
FENTANYL 76 75 S2 46 91
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 76 62 46 113
HALOPERIDOL 72 72 48 186
NABUMETONE 71 60 49 127
KLOR-CON M20 70 62 50 67
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 64 50 29
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 69 67 52 101
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 69 56 52 25
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 59 54 128
TERAZOSIN HCL 64 60 55 125
NAPROXEN 63 44 56 80
OXYCODONE HCL 62 26 S2 57 50
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 49 57 39
MIRTAZAPINE 59 59 59 94
NOVOLIN N 57 57 60 236
TRAZODONE HCL 55 32 61 22
NOVOLIN R 54 54 62 247
OXYCONTIN 53 40 S2 63 146
DONEPEZIL HCL 53 53 63 36
NIFEDICAL XL 51 44 65 253
NOVOLOG 50 36 66 97
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 12, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.