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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,498Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 1206

$546K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 128 out of 1206

742 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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

2% of this provider’s 742 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 742 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 15,452 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$33 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
SIMVASTATIN 739 684 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 672 651 2 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 618 603 3 8
FUROSEMIDE 597 584 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 593 576 5 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 586 555 6 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 559 559 7 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 494 464 8 12
LISINOPRIL 455 438 9 4
ATENOLOL 449 419 10 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 351 334 11 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 346 338 S3 12 7
GLYBURIDE 267 260 R 13 69
METFORMIN HCL 233 212 14 10
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 233 210 14 104
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 229 217 16 13
ALLOPURINOL 206 203 17 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 182 176 18 15
GABAPENTIN 181 179 19 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 164 164 20 29
LEVOFLOXACIN 149 137 21 78
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 147 133 22 19
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 141 141 23 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 137 132 24 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 137 137 24 40
PAROXETINE HCL 133 133 26 53
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 129 125 R 27 59
DIOVAN 125 124 28 57
LANTUS 125 124 28 38
TRAMADOL HCL 122 95 30 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 121 108 31 16
DIGOXIN 114 114 32 43
CARVEDILOL 106 105 33 32
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 106 105 33 31
RANITIDINE HCL 105 88 35 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 98 36 26
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 94 86 37 184
SPIRONOLACTONE 92 85 38 41
PREDNISONE 92 88 38 28
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 82 81 40 89
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 80 80 41 45
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 78 77 42 76
CLOPIDOGREL 77 74 43 48
CEPHALEXIN 76 74 44 62
BENAZEPRIL HCL 76 60 44 39
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 73 70 46 141
IBUPROFEN 71 37 47 116
AMOXICILLIN 69 66 48 122
COMBIVENT 69 69 48 150
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 69 58 48 82
VERAPAMIL ER 66 62 51 97
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 59 51 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 64 58 53 21
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 64 53 70
SERTRALINE HCL 64 64 53 22
AGGRENOX 63 56 56 176
GEMFIBROZIL 62 61 57 71
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 58 58 75
FAMOTIDINE 60 60 58 65
ROPINIROLE HCL 58 56 60 77
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 56 41 61 153
GLIPIZIDE 55 55 62 64
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 55 55 62 67
DIOVAN HCT 55 55 62 112
AZITHROMYCIN 54 47 65 46
NEXIUM 53 53 66 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 49 67 27
RISPERIDONE 52 15 67 74
GLIPIZIDE ER 52 52 67 99
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 50 50 70 20
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 Dec. 23, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.