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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,378Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 151 out of 972

$714K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 142 out of 972

322 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

12% of this provider’s 322 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 322 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 12,774 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 586 569 1 3
LISINOPRIL 572 540 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 467 459 3 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 449 446 4 12
SIMVASTATIN 444 419 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 417 409 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 398 368 7 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 323 317 8 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 301 286 S3 9 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 287 286 10 26
MIRTAZAPINE 266 261 11 46
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 244 224 12 9
NAMENDA 231 231 13 38
GABAPENTIN 225 209 14 14
ATENOLOL 203 201 15 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 181 178 16 16
TRAZODONE HCL 154 141 17 35
TRAMADOL HCL 142 131 18 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 135 134 19 31
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 127 127 20 87
LANTUS 127 121 20 44
CARVEDILOL 126 119 22 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 122 119 23 67
MELOXICAM 119 118 24 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 118 115 25 27
SERTRALINE HCL 114 113 26 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 110 102 27 20
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 107 106 28 65
FENTANYL 104 104 S2 29 89
EXELON 103 93 30 125
CLOPIDOGREL 101 99 31 37
NOVOLOG 90 80 32 100
LOVASTATIN 88 88 33 22
LIDODERM 88 84 33 115
LEVETIRACETAM 88 65 33 111
FAMOTIDINE 86 85 36 73
METFORMIN HCL 85 79 37 8
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 85 83 37 132
DIOVAN 84 84 39 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81 74 40 41
DIGOXIN 79 79 41 52
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 79 41 10
KLOR-CON M20 69 68 43 78
RANITIDINE HCL 68 67 44 24
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 66 66 45 128
CITALOPRAM HBR 65 65 46 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 64 60 47 83
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 59 48 43
CLONIDINE HCL 62 56 49 57
CYMBALTA 61 55 50 49
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 59 50 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58 53 52 23
PLAVIX 58 56 52 55
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 52 54 60
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 55 54 54
LEVEMIR 55 49 56 234
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 52 57 98
RISPERIDONE 54 45 57 76
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 52 57 63
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 50 60 29
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 July 8, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.