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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,060Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 1206

$645K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 65 out of 1206

599 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 599 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 599 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 15,114 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
SIMVASTATIN 670 620 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 549 521 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 537 524 3 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 525 495 4 9
OMEPRAZOLE 501 455 5 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 455 423 6 8
METFORMIN HCL 414 347 7 10
FUROSEMIDE 373 359 8 5
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 354 284 9 54
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 327 306 S3 10 7
LISINOPRIL 302 248 11 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 294 282 12 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 262 190 13 11
GABAPENTIN 258 202 14 18
ALLOPURINOL 244 231 15 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 237 223 16 26
TRAMADOL HCL 230 167 17 17
RANITIDINE HCL 222 203 18 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 212 211 19 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 188 163 20 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 185 183 21 33
ATENOLOL 184 176 22 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 183 166 23 13
DILTIAZEM ER 178 163 24 83
CRESTOR 177 163 25 30
SERTRALINE HCL 156 135 26 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 155 140 27 16
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 152 136 28 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 142 129 29 40
CARVEDILOL 141 125 30 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 139 128 31 21
DIOVAN 138 138 32 57
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 130 130 33 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 120 120 34 29
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 117 105 35 103
NAMENDA 116 116 36 36
CELEBREX 104 89 37 84
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 103 101 R 38 59
METOLAZONE 103 94 38 158
DIOVAN HCT 102 101 40 112
NABUMETONE 101 88 41 91
MELOXICAM 100 100 42 35
LAMOTRIGINE 99 88 43 162
FAMOTIDINE 99 99 43 65
LANTUS 97 54 45 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 96 95 46 31
ZETIA 95 95 47 73
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 92 48 60
SPIRONOLACTONE 91 81 49 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 89 89 50 76
GLIMEPIRIDE 88 84 51 34
CHLORTHALIDONE 87 87 52 118
NAPROXEN 87 45 52 105
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 85 48 54 86
BENAZEPRIL HCL 82 78 55 39
DIGOXIN 81 78 56 43
PREDNISONE 80 67 57 28
NEXIUM 76 50 58 47
SPIRIVA 75 62 59 66
GLIPIZIDE 74 74 60 64
PROAIR HFA 70 49 61 49
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 57 62 27
GLYBURIDE 67 62 R 63 69
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 65 58 64 75
ACTOS 62 61 65 98
GLIPIZIDE XL 62 53 65 145
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 51 67 61
CLOPIDOGREL 56 49 68 48
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 56 53 68 202
FINASTERIDE 55 55 70 90
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 54 71 42
AMIODARONE HCL 54 47 71 182
LIPITOR 53 34 73 113
NITROSTAT 52 52 74 247
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 47 75 108
COMBIVENT 51 44 75 150
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 May 17, 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.