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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,876Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 1206

$870K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 1206

673 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 673 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 673 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,803 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 620 450 1 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 535 535 2 8
OMEPRAZOLE 509 449 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 451 427 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 405 354 5 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 339 315 6 13
SERTRALINE HCL 336 309 7 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 326 283 8 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 316 283 9 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 315 290 10 12
LISINOPRIL 296 276 11 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 280 261 12 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 225 189 13 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 209 189 14 34
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 190 144 15 31
METFORMIN HCL 186 162 16 10
TRAMADOL HCL 178 146 17 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 162 136 S3 18 7
NAMENDA 156 156 19 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 149 134 20 54
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 145 84 21 68
DIGOXIN 142 129 22 43
MIRTAZAPINE 138 122 23 50
GABAPENTIN 136 102 24 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 133 90 25 16
LANTUS 126 113 26 38
NEXIUM 122 88 27 47
PAROXETINE HCL 122 109 27 53
CLOPIDOGREL 117 109 29 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 114 106 30 25
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 112 99 31 45
NABUMETONE 109 106 32 91
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 105 92 33 19
ALLOPURINOL 102 102 34 24
RANITIDINE HCL 96 75 35 23
ADVAIR DISKUS 96 86 35 55
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 95 37 29
ATENOLOL 94 93 38 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 92 92 39 40
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 89 89 40 67
DIOVAN 89 86 40 57
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 88 79 42 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 86 79 43 26
CRESTOR 85 83 44 30
RIVASTIGMINE 84 84 45 255
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 78 46 27
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 48 47 52
FENTANYL 79 79 S2 47 51
PREDNISONE 75 63 49 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 75 63 49 33
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 75 49 77
CARVEDILOL 72 60 52 32
PLAVIX 71 67 53 72
NITROFURANTOIN 69 66 54 173
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 68 59 55 103
PREMARIN 67 45 R 56 147
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 67 51 56 208
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 65 32 58 163
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 54 59 85
BENAZEPRIL HCL 62 45 60 39
CEPHALEXIN 61 54 61 62
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 49 62 79
CARBAMAZEPINE 58 39 63 146
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 45 63 75
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 58 58 63 70
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 47 66 86
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 45 67 21
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54 45 R 67 59
RISPERIDONE 53 19 69 74
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53 31 R 69 80
AZITHROMYCIN 51 46 71 46
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.