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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,457Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 549 out of 972

$373K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 459 out of 972

330 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 330 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 4,309 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 231 193 1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 196 177 2 11
OMEPRAZOLE 187 141 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 186 157 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 150 126 5 3
GLIMEPIRIDE 144 78 6 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 122 96 7 17
METFORMIN HCL ER 116 101 8 62
CRESTOR 104 77 9 33
LISINOPRIL 99 69 10 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 87 11 10
ATENOLOL 93 77 12 18
ALLOPURINOL 93 88 12 28
MELOXICAM 88 57 14 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 52 15 31
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 74 66 16 50
SYNTHROID 72 62 17 51
BENICAR 72 72 17 133
WARFARIN SODIUM 71 71 19 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 67 63 20 13
METFORMIN HCL 65 50 21 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 65 44 21 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 64 47 23 16
FENOFIBRATE 62 39 24 66
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 48 S3 25 6
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61 49 25 43
TRAZODONE HCL 59 45 27 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 57 27 41
LIPITOR 57 41 29 90
AZITHROMYCIN 56 40 30 42
JANTOVEN 54 54 31 160
RAMIPRIL 51 46 32 101
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51 45 32 23
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 Jan. 16, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.