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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,555Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 60 out of 972

$995K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 69 out of 972

619 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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

5% of this provider’s 619 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 619 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,128 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$54 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 741 594 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 657 565 2 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 637 513 3 13
SIMVASTATIN 561 490 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 453 374 5 5
LISINOPRIL 442 347 6 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 345 318 7 4
NAMENDA 326 307 8 38
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 301 222 S3 9 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 289 242 10 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 285 270 11 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 276 234 12 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 273 228 13 12
TRAMADOL HCL 267 230 14 15
ATENOLOL 255 222 15 18
RANITIDINE HCL 232 184 16 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 219 192 17 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 193 175 18 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 188 172 19 9
GABAPENTIN 180 150 20 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 180 150 20 20
METFORMIN HCL 173 127 22 8
SERTRALINE HCL 169 146 23 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 165 147 24 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 162 148 25 26
MIRTAZAPINE 155 125 26 46
METFORMIN HCL ER 155 118 26 62
ALLOPURINOL 151 123 28 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 147 112 29 65
TRAZODONE HCL 136 107 30 35
LOVASTATIN 135 122 31 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 129 109 32 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 126 70 33 23
ADVAIR DISKUS 125 96 34 45
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 122 93 35 83
KLOR-CON M20 118 78 36 78
SYNTHROID 118 118 36 51
PREDNISONE 118 112 36 40
CELEBREX 116 73 39 85
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 102 40 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 108 90 41 41
LANTUS 106 93 42 44
CARVEDILOL 105 84 43 21
ZETIA 104 81 44 79
TAMSULOSIN HCL 104 104 44 29
PAROXETINE HCL 104 78 44 64
FLUOXETINE HCL 102 60 47 60
MELOXICAM 102 93 47 36
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 99 83 49 130
SOTALOL 98 92 50 237
NOVOLOG 97 73 51 100
PREMARIN 95 26 R 52 153
NEXIUM 94 74 53 30
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 89 80 54 109
AZITHROMYCIN 89 77 54 42
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 86 85 56 74
EXELON 86 86 56 125
COMBIVENT 83 60 58 94
LIDODERM 83 77 58 115
GLIPIZIDE 83 83 58 59
JANUVIA 81 80 61 75
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 70 62 63
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 79 68 63 114
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 78 67 64 119
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 66 64 39
DIGOXIN 77 77 66 52
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 50 66 72
CLOPIDOGREL 76 64 68 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74 58 69 31
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 73 62 70 87
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 72 48 71 50
NAPROXEN 70 39 72 71
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 68 35 73 67
PROAIR HFA 66 52 74 47
NIFEDIPINE ER 64 55 75 116
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 62 R 76 58
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 63 56 76 96
LYRICA 62 42 78 113
KLOR-CON 10 62 53 78 68
PROPRANOLOL HCL 61 54 80 118
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 29 S2 81 80
QUINAPRIL HCL 60 60 81 95
CYMBALTA 60 28 81 49
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 44 84 86
PLAVIX 58 56 84 55
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 57 56 86 182
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 34 86 61
PEN NEEDLE 56 31 88 99
TERAZOSIN HCL 56 44 88 120
FENTANYL 55 30 S2 90 89
DIOVAN HCT 55 44 90 122
LEVETIRACETAM 52 35 92 111
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 48 93 54
DIOVAN 51 40 93 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 46 95 98
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 Jan. 30, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.