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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,616Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 59 out of 972

$890K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 83 out of 972

758 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
35%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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

8% of this provider’s 758 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 758 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,993 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% 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

25 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
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 1,432 652 10 1 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,363 727 2 4
LISINOPRIL 1,111 420 3 1
METFORMIN HCL 766 269 4 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 717 173 S3 5 6
LOVASTATIN 603 249 6 22
TRAMADOL HCL 552 119 7 15
RANITIDINE HCL 504 154 8 24
SIMVASTATIN 454 243 9 2
NAPROXEN 399 143 10 71
CLONIDINE HCL 280 159 11 57
PROAIR HFA 273 72 12 47
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 266 117 13 9
FUROSEMIDE 266 114 13 7
IBUPROFEN 257 61 15 92
ATENOLOL 250 136 16 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 248 120 17 13
GABAPENTIN 245 75 18 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 236 73 19 3
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 215 0 S2 20 106
OMEPRAZOLE 209 59 21 5
MELOXICAM 200 45 22 36
QUINAPRIL HCL 190 158 23 95
LANTUS 189 57 24 44
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 189 0 R 24 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 176 67 26 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 169 53 27 32
CARVEDILOL 167 101 28 21
SINGULAIR 152 53 29 81
INSULIN SYRINGE 150 68 30 84
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 149 40 31 86
OXYCONTIN 143 0 S2 32 139
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 140 54 33 97
NEXIUM 133 26 34 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 132 23 S2 35 80
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 132 70 35 82
HUMALOG 129 39 37 150
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 126 36 38 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 120 69 39 17
PEN NEEDLE 119 31 40 99
QVAR 119 33 40 294
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 117 0 S2 42 142
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 101 22 43 138
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 94 29 44 134
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 89 21 45 147
VENTOLIN HFA 87 39 46 162
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 84 41 47 39
ALLOPURINOL 83 35 48 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 60 49 29
SPIRIVA 75 37 50 56
TRAZODONE HCL 73 17 51 35
CRESTOR 70 17 52 33
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70 21 R 52 58
GLIPIZIDE 67 43 54 59
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 34 55 54
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 64 57 56 152
CELEBREX 63 15 57 85
TRICOR 62 17 58 91
LIPITOR 59 16 59 90
GLIPIZIDE ER 58 32 60 103
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 58 16 S3 60 161
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 0 60 45
NOVOLIN 70-30 57 55 63 213
ENDOCET 55 12 S2 64 175
KLOR-CON M20 55 25 64 78
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 0 66 140
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 54 16 66 199
KLOR-CON 10 52 20 68 68
DONEPEZIL HCL 50 50 69 26
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 June 15, 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.