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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,454Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 972

$1.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 972

748 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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 748 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 748 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 17,181 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

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,273 1,046 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,223 622 S3 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 1,117 676 3 5
LISINOPRIL 984 688 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 840 589 5 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 702 559 6 20
FUROSEMIDE 601 470 7 7
RANITIDINE HCL 597 265 8 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 488 398 9 16
GABAPENTIN 473 249 10 14
SIMVASTATIN 417 245 11 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 412 340 12 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 407 256 13 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 389 284 14 34
CARVEDILOL 381 221 15 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 362 248 16 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 360 203 17 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 358 221 18 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 344 262 19 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 326 183 20 23
MIRTAZAPINE 325 229 21 46
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 324 229 22 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 316 213 23 10
METFORMIN HCL ER 310 171 24 62
TRAMADOL HCL 270 167 25 15
PREDNISONE 244 160 26 40
NEXIUM 237 122 27 30
CEFUROXIME 236 160 28 172
SINGULAIR 234 113 29 81
LOVASTATIN 227 145 30 22
CYMBALTA 227 90 30 49
CLOPIDOGREL 226 160 32 37
METFORMIN HCL 213 115 33 8
DIGOXIN 209 137 34 52
FLUOXETINE HCL 199 107 35 60
DIOVAN 199 113 35 48
ADVAIR DISKUS 192 58 37 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 187 140 38 43
PROAIR HFA 186 71 39 47
JANUVIA 183 148 40 75
ALLOPURINOL 174 123 41 28
TRICOR 171 72 42 91
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 167 144 43 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 163 121 44 41
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 158 66 R 45 53
ATENOLOL 152 113 46 18
COMBIVENT 152 71 46 94
BUSPIRONE HCL 151 71 48 105
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 147 74 R 49 58
SPIRONOLACTONE 146 88 50 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 107 51 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 141 94 52 67
PLAVIX 140 98 53 55
INSULIN SYRINGE 139 102 54 84
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 138 72 55 147
LANTUS 135 75 56 44
CRESTOR 135 55 56 33
TIZANIDINE HCL 132 60 58 143
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 131 113 59 39
NAPROXEN 122 98 60 71
KLOR-CON 10 121 109 61 68
RISPERIDONE 120 61 62 76
SPIRIVA 116 55 63 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 114 114 64 26
SERTRALINE HCL 112 47 65 25
AZITHROMYCIN 111 71 66 42
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 107 39 67 86
MELOXICAM 106 32 68 36
PAROXETINE HCL 99 52 69 64
HYDRALAZINE HCL 98 83 70 69
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 98 71 70 83
AMOXICILLIN 98 52 70 121
SYNTHROID 96 64 73 51
CELEBREX 96 45 73 85
NAMENDA 90 90 75 38
FLOVENT HFA 89 37 76 240
CLONIDINE HCL 88 79 77 57
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 51 78 32
LYRICA 87 44 78 113
PROMETHAZINE HCL 84 16 R 80 154
ROPINIROLE HCL 84 41 80 72
LIPITOR 83 48 82 90
WELCHOL 82 40 83 224
LIDODERM 80 68 84 115
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 80 35 84 182
ABILIFY 79 24 86 137
MECLIZINE HCL 79 65 86 184
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 76 38 88 117
TOPIRAMATE 75 0 89 126
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 57 89 63
BENAZEPRIL HCL 75 32 89 88
TRAZODONE HCL 74 0 92 35
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 22 93 65
HUMALOG 64 44 94 150
ZETIA 62 25 95 79
NYSTATIN 61 44 96 156
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 59 35 97 114
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 14 98 107
GLYBURIDE 58 50 R 98 70
AGGRENOX 57 57 100 197
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 40 100 109
CARISOPRODOL 57 14 R 100 110
PEN NEEDLE 55 28 103 99
MEGESTROL ACETATE 53 47 R 104 195
CETIRIZINE HCL 53 47 104 411
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 52 36 106 97
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 14 S2 106 80
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 51 32 R 108 226
PRIMIDONE 50 40 109 253
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 8, 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.