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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,630Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 174 out of 487

$325K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 118 out of 487

199 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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 Idaho
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 199 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 199 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 3,705 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 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 Idaho
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 200 191 1 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 192 163 2 1
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 144 3 25
OMEPRAZOLE 133 97 4 2
SPIRONOLACTONE 123 99 5 43
WARFARIN SODIUM 117 114 6 11
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 89 7 52
METFORMIN HCL ER 99 82 8 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 91 66 9 14
CARVEDILOL 89 56 10 32
SIMVASTATIN 87 84 11 4
FUROSEMIDE 86 73 12 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 85 74 13 10
FENOFIBRATE 84 72 14 61
GABAPENTIN 83 66 15 13
CRESTOR 80 79 16 42
TRAMADOL HCL 79 60 17 19
ZETIA 66 56 18 104
SPIRIVA 63 61 19 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 61 61 20 6
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 56 21 56
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 54 22 72
AGGRENOX 54 45 23 249
DIGOXIN 53 53 24 47
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 39 25 144
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 Dec. 15, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.