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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,467Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 288

$633K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 37 out of 288

493 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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 Iowa
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 493 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 493 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,342 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 Iowa
SIMVASTATIN 754 691 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 564 524 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 541 494 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 514 483 4 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 415 406 5 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 406 405 6 6
LISINOPRIL 376 328 7 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 347 331 8 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 264 236 9 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 253 189 S3 10 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 234 232 11 16
CARVEDILOL 233 226 12 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 222 203 13 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 212 188 14 24
ATENOLOL 210 207 15 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 195 184 16 9
MELOXICAM 179 162 17 44
METFORMIN HCL ER 173 143 18 76
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 158 155 19 28
METFORMIN HCL 157 156 20 12
GABAPENTIN 152 130 21 17
LOVASTATIN 151 136 22 46
TRAMADOL HCL 148 134 23 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 148 148 23 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 104 25 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 130 110 26 22
SERTRALINE HCL 130 129 26 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 128 125 28 35
ALLOPURINOL 127 127 29 23
FINASTERIDE 126 126 30 82
NAMENDA 124 124 31 39
FENOFIBRATE 123 112 32 61
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 119 119 33 20
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 118 107 R 34 65
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 113 103 35 89
AMIODARONE HCL 107 107 36 137
DONEPEZIL HCL 105 105 37 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 105 37 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 102 84 39 32
AZITHROMYCIN 102 95 39 49
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 99 41 55
CRESTOR 96 91 42 26
JANUVIA 95 94 43 88
BENAZEPRIL HCL 92 91 44 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 89 83 45 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 76 45 42
PREDNISONE 87 80 47 30
KLOR-CON M20 83 59 48 110
DIOVAN 83 82 48 53
TRAZODONE HCL 79 70 50 37
CLOPIDOGREL 75 73 51 47
GLYBURIDE 74 74 R 52 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 73 70 53 62
SYNTHROID 70 70 54 63
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 70 70 54 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 70 54 41
CLONIDINE HCL 68 68 57 70
GLIPIZIDE 67 67 58 56
LANTUS 67 64 58 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 65 47 60 50
RISPERIDONE 63 55 61 98
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 54 62 72
TRICOR 61 51 63 115
PLAVIX 60 55 64 71
HYDRALAZINE HCL 59 59 65 95
PAROXETINE HCL 55 55 66 54
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 54 66 36
CELEBREX 53 53 68 84
ACTOS 53 31 68 106
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 48 R 70 73
EVISTA 50 50 71 126
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 50 50 71 176
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. 16, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.