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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,231Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 108 out of 972

$696K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 149 out of 972

891 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
7% 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 Missouri
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 891 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 891 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,689 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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 Missouri
SIMVASTATIN 1,105 1,026 1 2
LISINOPRIL 687 644 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 548 484 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 527 481 4 3
MELOXICAM 496 461 5 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 442 379 6 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 441 424 7 10
METFORMIN HCL 351 308 8 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 340 266 S3 9 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 307 271 10 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 283 278 11 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 278 246 12 19
FUROSEMIDE 267 252 13 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 259 255 14 9
LOVASTATIN 255 248 15 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 208 191 16 12
ATENOLOL 197 154 17 18
GABAPENTIN 190 174 18 14
AZITHROMYCIN 183 162 19 42
TRAMADOL HCL 172 168 20 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 170 147 21 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 169 168 22 27
GLYBURIDE 164 139 R 23 70
DONEPEZIL HCL 156 156 24 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 153 143 25 16
RANITIDINE HCL 148 122 26 24
PREDNISONE 142 116 27 40
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 138 130 28 50
TRAZODONE HCL 122 98 29 35
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 117 30 61
CLOPIDOGREL 118 115 31 37
SERTRALINE HCL 118 115 31 25
ALLOPURINOL 109 97 33 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 98 34 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 107 91 35 41
METFORMIN HCL ER 105 105 36 62
FLUOXETINE HCL 101 80 37 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 97 38 32
PLAVIX 96 87 39 55
BUPROPION HCL SR 92 90 40 148
CYMBALTA 91 78 41 49
AMOXICILLIN 91 85 41 121
NAMENDA 88 88 43 38
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 88 69 43 97
NADOLOL 86 70 45 310
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 71 46 45
GEMFIBROZIL 85 65 46 93
PAROXETINE HCL 79 74 48 64
TERAZOSIN HCL 78 78 49 120
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 77 66 R 50 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 72 51 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 58 52 31
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 73 71 53 39
FENOFIBRATE 72 62 54 66
BUSPIRONE HCL 67 58 55 105
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 62 R 56 58
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 66 63 56 13
CARVEDILOL 66 63 56 21
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 38 59 72
DIGOXIN 58 58 60 52
METHADONE HCL 58 46 S2 60 251
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 51 62 63
GLIPIZIDE 54 47 62 59
FINASTERIDE 54 54 62 77
LABETALOL HCL 52 50 65 181
CRESTOR 51 43 66 33
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 June 23, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.