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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,596Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 223

$818K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 223

763 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

5% of this provider’s 763 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 763 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,783 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,001 871 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 568 483 S3 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 565 467 3 9
OMEPRAZOLE 563 466 4 3
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 485 437 5 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 483 409 6 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 473 444 7 2
METFORMIN HCL 446 383 8 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 416 374 9 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 382 353 10 16
LISINOPRIL 312 272 11 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 312 288 11 6
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 259 208 13 31
MELOXICAM 258 218 14 33
AZITHROMYCIN 256 221 15 44
GABAPENTIN 240 222 16 10
PREDNISONE 228 212 17 43
TRAMADOL HCL 222 179 18 18
SERTRALINE HCL 219 171 19 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 209 164 20 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 208 195 21 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 203 182 22 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 198 185 23 8
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 197 158 24 76
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 188 158 25 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 187 166 26 25
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 176 165 27 119
ALLOPURINOL 162 154 28 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 157 143 29 17
LANTUS 156 140 30 34
KLOR-CON M20 151 149 31 67
DONEPEZIL HCL 140 128 32 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 139 94 33 47
TRAZODONE HCL 138 111 34 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 137 133 35 26
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 134 134 36 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 126 117 37 53
CARVEDILOL 119 103 38 23
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 116 75 39 74
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 110 91 40 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 105 90 41 27
ESTRADIOL 94 60 R 42 59
ATENOLOL 91 87 43 32
PAROXETINE HCL 90 60 44 52
CYMBALTA 88 49 45 40
LYRICA 87 67 46 84
INSULIN SYRINGE 86 67 47 81
PROAIR HFA 84 48 48 64
NEXIUM 83 48 49 49
DIGOXIN 83 83 49 73
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 70 49 24
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 81 81 52 101
FINASTERIDE 80 69 53 58
CRESTOR 80 71 53 37
VENTOLIN HFA 79 56 55 130
FENOFIBRATE 79 65 55 38
PROPRANOLOL HCL 77 70 57 93
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 75 52 58 69
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 64 59 45
CELEBREX 74 73 59 42
SYNTHROID 72 72 61 35
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 71 42 62 132
METHOTREXATE 70 54 63 88
PLAVIX 68 68 64 85
RAMIPRIL 66 66 65 86
RISPERIDONE 65 31 66 103
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 55 66 113
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 53 68 62
CLOPIDOGREL 64 62 68 56
SPIRIVA 63 39 70 82
IBUPROFEN 62 43 71 46
PROMETHAZINE HCL 58 22 R 72 118
TIZANIDINE HCL 57 18 73 124
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 54 74 14
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 54 75 39
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 53 76 128
GLYBURIDE 52 52 R 77 71
CLONIDINE HCL 50 38 78 100
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 Nov. 25, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.