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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,647Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 141 out of 972

$701K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 146 out of 972

535 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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

4% of this provider’s 535 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 535 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 12,289 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 786 726 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 707 654 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 549 490 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 498 445 4 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 406 365 5 13
BENAZEPRIL HCL 382 316 6 88
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 350 332 7 17
FUROSEMIDE 317 305 8 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 279 244 9 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 273 238 10 9
SYNTHROID 265 252 11 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 263 234 12 11
SERTRALINE HCL 262 232 13 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 240 226 14 16
TRAMADOL HCL 225 191 15 15
METFORMIN HCL 182 133 16 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 173 151 17 23
LISINOPRIL 161 129 18 1
ALLOPURINOL 160 157 19 28
METFORMIN HCL ER 157 153 20 62
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 156 108 S3 21 6
BYSTOLIC 152 138 22 102
NEXIUM 142 131 23 30
CRESTOR 140 128 24 33
PREDNISONE 138 121 25 40
GABAPENTIN 133 130 26 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 120 107 27 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 119 119 28 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 114 101 29 114
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 113 103 30 65
GLIMEPIRIDE 109 106 31 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 94 32 43
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 89 33 61
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 90 84 34 63
WARFARIN SODIUM 90 76 34 12
HYDRALAZINE HCL 89 77 36 69
JANUVIA 87 73 37 75
DIGOXIN 80 80 38 52
CLOPIDOGREL 78 70 39 37
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 76 39 45
ZETIA 75 75 41 79
PROAIR HFA 75 66 41 47
AGGRENOX 72 62 43 197
TAMSULOSIN HCL 71 65 44 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 67 63 45 67
HUMALOG 64 63 46 150
BENICAR 64 64 46 133
CARVEDILOL 63 63 48 21
AZITHROMYCIN 62 60 49 42
LANTUS 62 58 49 44
PEN NEEDLE 58 50 51 99
LEVOFLOXACIN 57 53 52 98
VESICARE 57 57 52 171
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 56 54 107
ATENOLOL 56 44 54 18
SPIRIVA 55 55 56 56
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 42 57 86
LIPITOR 54 49 57 90
SINGULAIR 53 36 59 81
NAMENDA 51 51 60 38
PLAVIX 51 42 60 55
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 March 6, 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.