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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,956Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 113 out of 972

$717K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 138 out of 972

693 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
12% 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 693 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 693 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 13,867 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 24%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
SIMVASTATIN 818 759 1 2
LISINOPRIL 666 637 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 665 646 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 604 578 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 399 344 S3 5 6
ATENOLOL 394 368 6 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 381 354 7 10
OMEPRAZOLE 318 305 8 5
METFORMIN HCL 273 246 9 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 258 246 10 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 245 237 11 11
FUROSEMIDE 211 201 12 7
LOVASTATIN 209 209 13 22
TRAMADOL HCL 203 185 14 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 202 194 15 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 197 197 16 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 190 190 17 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 188 178 18 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 183 165 19 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 152 20 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 159 151 21 17
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 158 147 22 50
SERTRALINE HCL 155 141 23 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 148 145 24 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 140 137 25 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 127 107 26 19
METFORMIN HCL ER 125 118 27 62
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 117 107 28 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 110 101 29 41
NEXIUM 107 101 30 30
AZITHROMYCIN 107 91 30 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 106 102 32 29
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 103 103 R 33 58
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 103 88 33 13
NAMENDA 101 101 35 38
GABAPENTIN 101 98 35 14
ALLOPURINOL 99 92 37 28
CLONIDINE HCL 98 94 38 57
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 91 80 R 39 53
CELEBREX 91 91 39 85
FELODIPINE ER 91 91 39 145
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 90 42 61
MELOXICAM 85 81 43 36
FINASTERIDE 84 84 44 77
COMBIVENT 84 69 44 94
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 83 46 43
MIRTAZAPINE 80 79 47 46
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 68 48 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 78 48 45
PAROXETINE HCL 78 66 48 64
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 72 51 60
GLIPIZIDE 70 70 52 59
FENTANYL 69 43 S2 53 89
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 58 53 54
DIGOXIN 66 66 55 52
CLOPIDOGREL 65 65 56 37
SYNTHROID 64 38 57 51
TRAZODONE HCL 63 53 58 35
DIOVAN 63 59 58 48
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 62 62 60 128
CARVEDILOL 61 57 61 21
PROAIR HFA 60 53 62 47
NAPROXEN 58 53 63 71
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 53 25 64 130
NIFEDIPINE ER 53 53 64 116
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 52 66 82
JANTOVEN 51 51 67 160
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 Oct. 25, 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.