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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,611Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 80 out of 223

$518K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 60 out of 223

483 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

6% of this provider’s 483 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 483 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 5,805 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 497 296 S3 1 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 279 218 2 8
SIMVASTATIN 238 205 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 215 195 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 191 157 5 3
TRAMADOL HCL 157 103 6 18
LISINOPRIL 151 125 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 117 105 8 7
AZITHROMYCIN 114 80 9 44
GABAPENTIN 110 75 10 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 106 94 11 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 96 12 14
FUROSEMIDE 102 86 13 9
IBUPROFEN 95 62 14 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 93 54 15 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 93 67 15 17
MELOXICAM 89 85 17 33
NEXIUM 87 42 18 49
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 84 84 19 19
ALLOPURINOL 84 76 19 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 79 21 13
ATENOLOL 81 69 22 32
PREMARIN 76 76 R 23 115
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 74 60 24 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 73 66 25 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73 65 25 20
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 66 27 39
CARISOPRODOL 66 46 R 28 63
DIOVAN 65 60 29 54
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62 47 30 27
CELEBREX 62 51 30 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 61 32 26
ESTRADIOL 59 54 R 33 59
DONEPEZIL HCL 53 49 34 36
SYNTHROID 52 34 35 35
EVISTA 52 50 35 92
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 47 37 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 50 47 38 30
SERTRALINE HCL 50 34 38 21
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 Oct. 20, 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.