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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,897Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 99

$384K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 99

279 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

11% of this provider’s 279 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 4,452 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

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
SIMVASTATIN 279 232 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 272 238 2 6
LISINOPRIL 224 199 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 147 116 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 145 116 S3 5 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 141 120 6 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 121 113 7 17
FUROSEMIDE 119 98 8 7
CARVEDILOL 110 91 9 21
ATENOLOL 108 107 10 25
BUSPIRONE HCL 101 82 11 159
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 99 78 12 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 91 48 13 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 89 47 14 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 72 15 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 81 70 16 36
CYMBALTA 81 51 16 103
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 80 66 18 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 48 19 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 61 20 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 64 51 21 63
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 38 22 81
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 60 56 23 20
TRAMADOL HCL 59 43 24 30
CRESTOR 58 43 25 33
GABAPENTIN 56 42 26 9
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 36 27 202
METFORMIN HCL 55 25 27 26
PAROXETINE HCL 54 40 29 204
SPIRIVA 51 32 30 114
MELOXICAM 50 23 31 24
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 Sept. 11, 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.