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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,424Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 150 out of 972

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 972

710 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

5% of this provider’s 710 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 710 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,577 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

$81 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 645 551 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 588 548 2 3
LISINOPRIL 487 428 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 464 397 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 399 308 S3 5 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 360 322 6 13
FUROSEMIDE 357 309 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 354 347 8 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 337 320 9 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 325 294 10 16
GABAPENTIN 292 205 11 14
CARVEDILOL 208 193 12 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 192 181 13 12
SERTRALINE HCL 175 159 14 25
LOVASTATIN 162 147 15 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 160 160 16 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 149 120 17 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 143 123 18 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 127 125 19 27
METFORMIN HCL 126 115 20 8
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 125 121 21 67
ALLOPURINOL 123 117 22 28
CLOPIDOGREL 120 112 23 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 107 24 10
DIOVAN 110 103 25 48
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 110 92 25 63
TRAMADOL HCL 107 96 27 15
GLIMEPIRIDE 106 104 28 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 80 28 43
NAMENDA 104 104 30 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 103 76 31 19
ATENOLOL 100 99 32 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 97 97 33 114
KLOR-CON M20 93 93 34 78
FLUOXETINE HCL 88 60 35 60
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 83 78 36 83
VERAPAMIL ER 83 57 36 108
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 80 38 32
PAROXETINE HCL 82 63 38 64
PLAVIX 82 66 38 55
GLYBURIDE 82 74 R 38 70
MIRTAZAPINE 81 55 42 46
SYNTHROID 78 74 43 51
TRAZODONE HCL 77 63 44 35
LANTUS 75 65 45 44
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 63 45 72
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 75 73 45 20
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 74 74 48 74
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 73 65 49 39
PREDNISONE 72 67 50 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 69 46 51 23
SPIRIVA 68 66 52 56
RANITIDINE HCL 68 61 52 24
METFORMIN HCL ER 67 49 54 62
FENTANYL 63 48 S2 55 89
PROAIR HFA 61 14 56 47
METOLAZONE 61 61 56 186
CRESTOR 61 61 56 33
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 56 59 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 60 60 59 41
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 48 59 86
HUMALOG 59 52 62 150
DIGOXIN 56 53 63 52
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 55 46 64 119
AZITHROMYCIN 55 47 64 42
COUMADIN 51 40 66 196
NEXIUM 51 50 66 30
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 51 66 116
NOVOLIN 70-30 50 28 69 213
LIPITOR 50 35 69 90
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 March 21, 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.