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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,484Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 120 out of 972

$825K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 102 out of 972

483 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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

9% of this provider’s 483 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 483 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 9,304 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 595 347 S3 1 6
FUROSEMIDE 484 308 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 413 244 3 5
LISINOPRIL 399 309 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 368 274 5 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 363 209 6 13
SIMVASTATIN 325 190 7 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 309 228 8 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 282 188 9 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 269 138 10 23
METFORMIN HCL 240 136 11 8
CARVEDILOL 223 164 12 21
LEVOFLOXACIN 214 124 13 98
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 199 139 14 41
GABAPENTIN 191 112 15 14
TRAMADOL HCL 187 140 16 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 164 106 17 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 162 127 18 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 104 19 10
ATENOLOL 148 105 20 18
RANITIDINE HCL 147 85 21 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 145 105 22 17
CRESTOR 136 103 23 33
CLOPIDOGREL 127 86 24 37
GLIMEPIRIDE 125 74 25 34
CLONIDINE HCL 120 101 26 57
NEXIUM 119 79 27 30
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 117 49 R 28 53
PAROXETINE HCL 111 61 29 64
LANTUS 108 65 30 44
SERTRALINE HCL 107 86 31 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 103 73 32 20
MELOXICAM 101 55 33 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 30 34 45
PREDNISONE 93 69 35 40
PLAVIX 91 57 36 55
TRILIPIX 87 32 37 235
CYMBALTA 86 65 38 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 84 70 39 26
HUMULIN R 84 66 39 318
CARISOPRODOL 84 12 R 39 110
PROAIR HFA 82 30 42 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 59 42 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 49 44 16
SINGULAIR 81 25 44 81
ALLOPURINOL 79 53 46 28
SPIRONOLACTONE 79 56 46 54
TRICOR 75 31 48 91
GEMFIBROZIL 74 39 49 93
SPIRIVA 74 45 49 56
MIRTAZAPINE 72 59 51 46
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 72 43 51 140
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 71 48 53 109
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 71 63 53 65
VESICARE 71 56 53 171
COMBIVENT 70 21 56 94
FAMOTIDINE 69 35 57 73
CLOZAPINE 68 50 58 212
DIGOXIN 68 56 58 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 64 60 27
ABILIFY 64 35 61 137
SYMBICORT 62 44 62 141
TRAZODONE HCL 62 19 62 35
PROMETHAZINE HCL 62 55 R 62 154
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 47 65 88
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 61 51 65 157
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61 35 65 43
PROPRANOLOL HCL 59 34 68 118
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 30 S2 69 80
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 44 70 83
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 48 71 67
ACTOS 52 32 72 163
FENOFIBRATE 51 22 73 66
FENTANYL 51 35 S2 73 89
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 34 75 31
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 Aug. 10, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.