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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,961Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 324

$680K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 49 out of 324

519 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 519 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 519 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,165 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 Kansas
SIMVASTATIN 805 778 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 577 535 2 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 414 412 3 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 411 358 S3 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 395 376 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 382 376 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 376 371 7 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 369 350 8 12
SYNTHROID 356 351 9 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 321 309 10 16
GABAPENTIN 294 290 11 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 271 266 12 8
ATENOLOL 263 263 13 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 254 254 14 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 254 254 14 21
LISINOPRIL 230 225 16 3
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 212 196 17 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 206 203 18 11
NAMENDA 198 185 19 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 193 137 20 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 193 192 20 17
INDAPAMIDE 147 142 22 195
DONEPEZIL HCL 145 145 23 25
ALLOPURINOL 123 122 24 27
RANITIDINE HCL 121 107 25 58
TRAZODONE HCL 118 112 26 42
DIOVAN 111 111 27 56
SPIRONOLACTONE 110 110 28 47
MELOXICAM 108 105 29 29
PREDNISONE 106 106 30 36
CEPHALEXIN 102 100 31 90
METFORMIN HCL 101 89 32 9
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 100 98 33 91
MIRTAZAPINE 96 79 34 41
TRAMADOL HCL 92 92 35 19
ZETIA 86 86 36 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 69 36 32
RISPERIDONE 84 66 38 77
NEXIUM 82 65 39 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 78 40 26
CLOPIDOGREL 75 75 41 38
SERTRALINE HCL 75 62 41 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 67 43 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 70 66 44 49
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 65 61 S3 45 188
GLIPIZIDE ER 63 55 46 169
PROAIR HFA 62 58 47 50
DIGOXIN 61 59 48 40
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 61 61 48 85
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 59 50 44
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 58 54 51 154
PAROXETINE HCL 57 42 52 72
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 57 56 52 153
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 53 54 55
CRESTOR 55 55 55 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 26 56 46
TERAZOSIN HCL 52 52 57 133
GLIPIZIDE 52 52 57 73
CALCITONIN-SALMON 51 51 59 242
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 46 59 34
PLAVIX 50 50 61 63
OXYCONTIN 50 50 S2 61 108
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 50 47 61 78
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 13, 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.