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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,677Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 288

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 288

766 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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

7% of this provider’s 766 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 766 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 17,423 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 1,093 959 1 1
LISINOPRIL 800 694 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 766 654 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 684 604 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 673 499 S3 5 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 548 522 6 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 545 490 7 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 477 400 8 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 457 384 9 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 421 361 10 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 403 388 11 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 336 306 12 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 325 287 13 14
TRAMADOL HCL 323 262 14 19
METFORMIN HCL 313 276 15 12
GABAPENTIN 301 244 16 17
CARVEDILOL 289 272 17 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 247 234 18 20
LANTUS 229 223 19 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 222 196 20 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 208 107 21 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 207 194 22 15
CLOPIDOGREL 205 178 23 47
ATENOLOL 187 186 24 10
TRAZODONE HCL 176 138 25 37
SPIRONOLACTONE 167 156 26 36
CRESTOR 165 134 27 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 162 148 28 32
PLAVIX 152 143 29 71
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 146 135 30 69
ALLOPURINOL 144 119 31 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 138 138 32 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 136 125 33 24
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 132 123 34 38
FENTANYL 130 111 S2 35 57
KLOR-CON M20 129 128 36 110
CYMBALTA 115 91 37 67
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 113 56 R 38 73
TRICOR 112 84 39 115
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 110 87 40 62
AZITHROMYCIN 108 85 41 49
SPIRIVA 108 100 41 48
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 106 89 43 21
LEVEMIR 105 104 44 194
FAMOTIDINE 100 84 45 68
PREDNISONE 95 85 46 30
PAROXETINE HCL 94 76 47 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 93 70 48 35
NOVOLOG 92 84 49 91
SERTRALINE HCL 91 71 50 25
EVISTA 90 77 51 126
QUINAPRIL HCL 90 87 51 138
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 89 77 53 41
RANITIDINE HCL 88 58 54 33
NAMENDA 87 84 55 39
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 85 69 56 28
LOVASTATIN 80 80 57 46
NEXIUM 80 79 57 43
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 79 19 59 139
INSULIN SYRINGE 77 57 60 79
LIPITOR 77 68 60 107
PREMARIN 77 54 R 60 143
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 75 72 63 94
ZETIA 73 49 64 58
TERAZOSIN HCL 71 59 65 85
MECLIZINE HCL 70 60 66 177
DIOVAN 68 67 67 53
LEVETIRACETAM 67 21 68 125
PROAIR HFA 66 47 69 45
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 66 51 69 116
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 66 54 69 145
HYDRALAZINE HCL 65 61 72 95
TOPIRAMATE 65 22 72 254
LAMOTRIGINE 64 50 74 170
BUPROPION XL 64 45 74 179
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 62 76 55
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 61 44 S3 77 171
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 59 54 78 40
FENOFIBRATE 59 40 78 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 56 78 42
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 57 81 90
JANUVIA 58 58 81 88
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 58 40 81 87
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 48 81 50
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 57 57 85 72
NIASPAN 57 45 85 103
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 54 87 34
AMOXICILLIN 56 48 87 118
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 56 38 87 167
LATANOPROST 55 55 90 208
GLIPIZIDE 54 51 91 56
DILTIAZEM ER 54 54 91 102
NITROSTAT 53 43 93 156
LACTULOSE 51 51 94 119
BENICAR 50 50 95 151
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, 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.