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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,398Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 134

$539K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 134

581 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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 Idaho
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 581 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,607 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 395 364 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 383 355 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 347 313 3 3
LISINOPRIL 334 292 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 327 310 5 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 220 208 6 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 207 194 S3 7 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 203 202 8 13
FUROSEMIDE 196 171 9 7
METFORMIN HCL 194 166 10 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 189 176 11 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 167 162 12 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 146 143 13 8
GABAPENTIN 133 102 14 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 127 121 15 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 115 105 16 17
ATENOLOL 107 96 17 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103 101 18 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 92 88 19 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 88 71 20 36
CLOPIDOGREL 83 83 21 52
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 83 60 21 62
SERTRALINE HCL 83 67 21 24
PROAIR HFA 79 77 24 49
LANTUS 78 70 25 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75 68 26 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 73 27 21
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 72 72 28 65
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 71 66 29 20
TRAZODONE HCL 67 58 30 23
SPIRIVA 65 53 31 47
ALLOPURINOL 55 42 32 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 54 33 38
PLAVIX 53 53 34 86
PEN NEEDLE 51 39 35 90
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 47 35 50
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 50 37 45
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. 20, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.