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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,792Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 198

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 198

753 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%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 Nebraska
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 753 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 753 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 21,624 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Nebraska
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 983 978 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 972 926 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 657 647 3 3
LISINOPRIL 603 573 4 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 595 571 5 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 549 531 6 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 540 535 7 18
SIMVASTATIN 502 479 8 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 501 496 9 7
FUROSEMIDE 490 469 10 5
METFORMIN HCL 481 454 11 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 452 426 12 9
ATENOLOL 388 385 13 17
CRESTOR 382 372 14 26
GABAPENTIN 381 351 15 14
CARVEDILOL 379 368 16 24
LOVASTATIN 314 292 17 70
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 313 312 18 21
TRAMADOL HCL 298 280 19 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 283 283 20 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 273 230 S3 21 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 250 243 22 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 227 220 23 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 227 227 23 35
LEVOXYL 224 224 25 147
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 216 216 26 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 212 178 27 31
ALLOPURINOL 191 190 28 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 188 186 29 27
CELEBREX 183 170 30 59
NAMENDA 178 178 31 33
SYNTHROID 177 166 32 36
DIGOXIN 176 176 33 43
CYMBALTA 171 137 34 48
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 163 155 35 143
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 158 144 R 36 69
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157 157 37 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 157 154 37 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 155 142 39 32
CLOPIDOGREL 149 143 40 42
VESICARE 148 140 41 77
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 146 42 49
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 139 128 43 53
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 133 122 44 60
SERTRALINE HCL 128 113 45 25
DIOVAN HCT 126 113 46 88
AZITHROMYCIN 125 114 47 56
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 124 123 48 41
DIOVAN 120 120 49 34
PLAVIX 113 108 50 66
MIRTAZAPINE 108 105 51 44
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 100 100 52 96
COLESTIPOL HCL 98 98 53 238
MECLIZINE HCL 95 93 54 129
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 84 55 39
NEXIUM 93 76 56 40
VERAPAMIL ER 91 87 57 117
SOTALOL 90 90 58 208
FENTANYL 90 87 S2 58 73
BYSTOLIC 86 86 60 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 70 61 47
PREDNISONE 83 83 61 29
LIPITOR 82 70 63 116
LYRICA 81 74 64 91
ZETIA 79 72 65 68
RANITIDINE HCL 78 70 66 54
PROPRANOLOL HCL 78 75 66 92
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 77 74 68 51
FAMOTIDINE 76 62 69 57
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 75 63 70 99
CEFUROXIME 72 70 71 178
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 71 67 72 250
PAROXETINE HCL 71 71 72 65
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 70 70 74 71
DETROL LA 68 68 75 170
LAMOTRIGINE 68 58 75 182
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66 66 77 84
COUMADIN 65 61 78 221
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64 64 79 45
GLIPIZIDE 64 60 79 62
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 49 81 76
WELCHOL 63 63 81 139
KLOR-CON M10 62 62 83 125
LANSOPRAZOLE 60 49 84 166
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 60 55 84 97
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 45 86 37
LOVAZA 59 59 86 215
NYSTATIN 59 57 86 148
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 58 58 89 158
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 49 R 90 278
PRADAXA 54 54 90 187
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 54 54 90 122
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 47 93 55
LACTULOSE 52 52 93 181
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 52 48 93 89
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 52 52 S3 93 135
PEN NEEDLE 50 50 97 114
SPIRIVA 50 50 97 63
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 Jan. 4, 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.