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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,992Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 112 out of 972

$800K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 113 out of 972

530 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 530 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 530 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 10,444 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 707 446 S3 1 6
FUROSEMIDE 564 435 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 559 442 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 469 346 4 2
LISINOPRIL 443 336 5 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 400 306 6 12
CARVEDILOL 383 299 7 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 379 278 8 13
SUCRALFATE 364 284 9 180
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 362 276 10 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 316 210 11 3
GABAPENTIN 273 148 12 14
GLYBURIDE 235 190 R 13 70
METFORMIN HCL 226 139 14 8
NEXIUM 221 150 15 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 215 135 16 60
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 206 130 S2 17 80
OXYCONTIN 183 88 S2 18 139
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 169 148 19 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 161 20 10
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 164 111 R 21 58
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 162 129 22 43
RANITIDINE HCL 162 97 22 24
ENDOCET 160 56 S2 24 175
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 148 96 25 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 140 90 26 23
CLOPIDOGREL 140 123 26 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 136 133 28 41
ROPINIROLE HCL 136 87 28 72
PLAVIX 135 125 30 55
FENTANYL 134 36 S2 31 89
TRAZODONE HCL 124 63 32 35
SPIRONOLACTONE 122 85 33 54
CELEBREX 121 88 34 85
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 120 77 35 130
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 112 56 R 36 53
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 106 55 37 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 105 60 38 11
PREDNISONE 101 87 39 40
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 93 11 S2 40 106
ALLOPURINOL 84 65 41 28
COMBIVENT 83 52 42 94
ATENOLOL 81 81 43 18
LANTUS 80 63 44 44
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 79 59 45 74
INSULIN SYRINGE 78 52 46 84
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78 61 46 27
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 77 23 S2 48 142
HYDRALAZINE HCL 75 73 49 69
SINGULAIR 74 43 50 81
DIGOXIN 72 70 51 52
LOVASTATIN 72 64 51 22
MELOXICAM 71 50 53 36
LYRICA 69 47 54 113
CITALOPRAM HBR 67 49 55 19
AZITHROMYCIN 61 43 56 42
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 61 37 56 39
RISPERIDONE 59 24 58 76
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 59 59 58 207
IBUPROFEN 57 27 60 92
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 57 34 R 60 226
VERAPAMIL ER 55 46 62 108
TRAMADOL HCL 55 40 62 15
MECLIZINE HCL 54 38 64 184
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 39 64 114
PROAIR HFA 54 28 64 47
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 54 26 64 138
KLOR-CON M10 51 41 68 178
DONEPEZIL HCL 51 50 68 26
METHOCARBAMOL 50 15 R 70 222
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 Dec. 22, 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.