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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,345Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 324

$558K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 82 out of 324

456 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

5% of this provider’s 456 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 456 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 11,308 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 577 531 1 2
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 348 345 2 57
FUROSEMIDE 340 314 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 336 330 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 330 316 5 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 326 324 6 17
ATENOLOL 288 265 7 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 284 245 8 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 268 255 9 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 260 257 10 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 243 233 S3 11 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 232 218 12 10
METFORMIN HCL 187 156 13 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 179 175 14 14
PAROXETINE HCL 163 163 15 72
CARVEDILOL 158 145 16 22
TRAMADOL HCL 148 148 17 19
MELOXICAM 148 136 17 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 147 138 19 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 145 139 20 46
LANTUS 142 107 21 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 137 129 22 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 130 126 23 37
PREDNISONE 129 111 24 36
KLOR-CON M20 123 117 25 52
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 121 105 26 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 120 115 27 34
SYNTHROID 120 106 27 30
GABAPENTIN 109 101 29 13
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 105 30 145
SERTRALINE HCL 103 100 31 23
TERAZOSIN HCL 102 97 32 133
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 100 100 33 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 98 98 34 25
TRAZODONE HCL 97 91 35 42
DIGOXIN 97 97 35 40
AZITHROMYCIN 95 83 37 48
CLOPIDOGREL 86 83 38 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 79 39 55
ALLOPURINOL 81 79 40 27
FAMOTIDINE 80 67 41 62
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 76 74 42 49
NEXIUM 76 65 42 33
NAMENDA 75 75 44 31
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 74 59 45 86
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 52 46 61
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 62 46 44
PLAVIX 72 70 48 63
LOVASTATIN 71 67 49 43
CYMBALTA 71 69 49 45
INSULIN SYRINGE 68 45 51 102
COLESTIPOL HCL 67 54 52 241
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 66 53 24
CEFUROXIME 66 63 53 227
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 62 51 55 128
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 59 56 26
LISINOPRIL 60 60 57 3
FELODIPINE ER 60 39 57 158
VESICARE 52 52 59 166
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 51 41 60 78
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 9, 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.