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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,737Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 116 out of 223

$310K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 128 out of 223

311 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
13% 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 Utah
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,285 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

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 371 349 1 1
LISINOPRIL 350 346 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 246 224 3 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 189 4 13
OMEPRAZOLE 211 201 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 198 198 6 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 166 151 7 11
LOVASTATIN 161 154 8 51
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 152 126 9 14
METFORMIN HCL 134 127 10 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 123 123 11 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 121 112 12 25
CARVEDILOL 114 107 13 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 109 108 14 20
ALLOPURINOL 98 86 15 28
GABAPENTIN 96 94 16 10
FUROSEMIDE 90 86 17 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 83 72 18 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 72 19 26
LANTUS 72 61 19 34
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 67 21 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 54 22 27
SERTRALINE HCL 66 50 22 21
INSULIN SYRINGE 59 53 24 81
DONEPEZIL HCL 56 56 25 36
CRESTOR 55 55 26 37
NAMENDA 55 55 26 48
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 51 51 28 110
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 Feb. 26, 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.