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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,491Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 23

$260K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 23

291 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Montana
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 291 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $90 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Montana
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 559 478 85 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 387 317 81 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 260 208 49 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 256 251* 47 4 5
LISINOPRIL 251 203 49 5 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 217 193 41 6 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 157 139 27 7 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 155 126 29 8 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 147 134 35 9 29
METFORMIN HCL 137 102 21 10 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 135 108 26 11 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 105 35 12 17
OMEPRAZOLE 129 90 22 13 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 124 92 35 S3 14 3
CLONAZEPAM 120 108 22 B 15 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 108 95 14 16 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85 80* 22 17 25
MELOXICAM 84 79* 21 18 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 72 67* 12 19 12
NEXIUM 71 44 11 20 21
CARVEDILOL 60 60 11 21 27
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 <11 <11 21 47
GABAPENTIN 57 52* 13 23 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 53 <11 <11 24 45
CYMBALTA 52 <11 <11 25 36
TEMAZEPAM 52 <11 <11 B 25 43
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 36 13 27 82
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 51 51 17 27 18
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 June 16, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.