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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,751Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 223

$676K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 223

613 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 613 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 613 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 9,897 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 487 451 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 446 418 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 359 327 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 312 209 S3 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 292 253 5 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 269 246 6 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 241 219 7 14
LISINOPRIL 214 195 8 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 211 179 9 8
GABAPENTIN 202 174 10 10
TRAMADOL HCL 198 173 11 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 193 185 12 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 182 156 13 6
MELOXICAM 176 142 14 33
TRAZODONE HCL 166 125 15 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 159 138 16 11
IBUPROFEN 150 108 17 46
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 118 18 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 130 107 18 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 123 104 20 17
CRESTOR 123 120 20 37
METFORMIN HCL 119 94 22 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 118 102 23 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 108 24 13
ATENOLOL 111 111 25 32
CARVEDILOL 108 92 26 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 104 79 27 27
CYMBALTA 99 68 28 40
PAROXETINE HCL 98 76 29 52
SYNTHROID 97 86 30 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 96 78 31 20
ALLOPURINOL 96 94 31 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 93 88 33 36
METFORMIN HCL ER 92 82 34 41
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 88 80 35 39
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 73 36 31
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 81 80 36 101
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 74 38 53
NEXIUM 77 55 39 49
SERTRALINE HCL 73 60 40 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 72 67 41 25
PROAIR HFA 70 37 42 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 65 42 19
NAMENDA 69 65 44 48
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 69 68 44 15
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 67 41 R 46 79
LANSOPRAZOLE 63 60 47 122
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 61 47 30
DIOVAN 62 50 49 54
RAMIPRIL 60 43 50 86
GLIPIZIDE ER 59 54 51 98
CARISOPRODOL 59 18 R 51 63
ESTRADIOL 58 44 R 53 59
VERAPAMIL ER 57 46 54 89
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 40 55 83
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 43 56 47
PREDNISONE 55 53 56 43
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 46 R 58 61
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 51 44 59 75
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 51 59 55
AZITHROMYCIN 50 47 61 44
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.