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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,223Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 113

$795K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 113

566 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

7% of this provider’s 566 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 566 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,642 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

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 634 510 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 616 538 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 600 541 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 454 382 4 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 415 362 5 8
LISINOPRIL 369 351 6 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 358 311 7 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 355 347 8 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 288 272 9 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 261 230 10 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 251 176 S3 11 7
SERTRALINE HCL 247 168 12 21
MIRTAZAPINE 243 241 13 71
GABAPENTIN 242 209 14 18
SPIRONOLACTONE 232 215 15 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 228 187 16 14
TRAZODONE HCL 204 177 17 41
TRAMADOL HCL 201 189 18 29
CYMBALTA 200 153 19 37
ALLOPURINOL 175 141 20 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 173 173 21 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 168 162 22 10
CARVEDILOL 142 124 23 25
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 135 119 24 142
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 135 89 24 83
DIGOXIN 133 130 26 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 127 126 27 13
PREDNISONE 126 123 28 28
METFORMIN HCL 126 83 28 11
NAMENDA 113 87 30 48
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 112 103 31 73
OLANZAPINE 108 82 32 88
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 106 87 33 55
RISPERIDONE 105 92 34 134
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 103 85 35 104
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 98 84 36 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 93 36 9
BACLOFEN 96 47 38 137
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 92 90 39 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 86 67 40 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 86 78 40 31
AZITHROMYCIN 84 64 42 65
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 82 80 43 91
CLOPIDOGREL 81 78 44 56
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 79 69 45 164
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 77 31 46 97
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 77 63 46 140
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 76 52 48 127
ADVAIR HFA 76 38 48 143
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 74 67 50 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 73 58 51 52
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 68 52 26
LEVETIRACETAM 71 47 53 117
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70 63 R 54 58
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 68 68 55 132
PAROXETINE HCL 68 67 55 45
GLYBURIDE 67 67 R 57 66
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 59 58 67
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 66 33 58 147
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 66 47 58 125
ATENOLOL 65 60 61 16
DIOVAN 62 44 62 42
MELOXICAM 60 48 63 44
FAMOTIDINE 60 55 63 71
PREMARIN 59 59 R 65 69
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 45 66 82
DETROL LA 56 56 67 128
PLAVIX 53 53 68 81
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 49 68 39
CLONIDINE 53 53 68 197
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52 32 71 86
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 51 71 35
SINGULAIR 51 43 73 121
SPIRIVA 50 45 74 54
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 Aug. 21, 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.