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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,696Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 99

$446K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 99

368 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 368 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,288 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 395 369 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 391 374 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 245 238 3 2
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 191 4 52
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 173 168 5 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 151 143 S3 6 1
METFORMIN HCL 150 143 7 26
LOVASTATIN 117 102 8 90
GABAPENTIN 115 111 9 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 111 111 10 17
ATENOLOL 110 97 11 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 107 105 12 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 106 104 13 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 100 100 14 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 100 96 14 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 89 87 16 4
FUROSEMIDE 88 84 17 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84 81 18 19
ALLOPURINOL 82 82 19 16
CLONIDINE HCL 82 72 19 93
SPIRIVA 78 65 21 114
MELOXICAM 74 60 22 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 70 23 23
TRAZODONE HCL 65 61 24 119
DILTIAZEM ER 63 58 25 187
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 61 61 26 18
BENICAR HCT 58 58 27 146
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 55 28 63
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 55 50 28 127
AGGRENOX 51 51 30 211
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 50 42 31 215
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. 24, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.