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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,865Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 324

$877K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 324

598 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 598 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 598 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,099 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 Kansas
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 646 428 S3 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 638 577 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 444 412 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 410 362 4 2
METFORMIN HCL 362 293 5 9
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 319 295 10 6 178
GLIMEPIRIDE 281 205 7 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 278 221 8 16
FUROSEMIDE 257 200 9 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 255 233 10 12
BENAZEPRIL HCL 253 228 11 75
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 215 166 12 20
ATENOLOL 205 156 13 18
OMEPRAZOLE 200 167 14 6
GABAPENTIN 193 121 15 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 192 149 16 10
ALLOPURINOL 186 166 17 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 175 162 18 8
CRESTOR 166 157 19 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 157 125 20 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 153 128 21 11
SYNTHROID 142 118 22 30
MELOXICAM 141 126 23 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 140 119 24 24
CLOPIDOGREL 137 121 25 38
DIOVAN HCT 132 131 26 148
LISINOPRIL 131 113 27 3
LANTUS 130 116 28 39
TRAMADOL HCL 130 64 28 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 129 28 44
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 123 118 31 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 120 105 32 26
HUMALOG 107 81 33 103
GLYBURIDE 106 94 R 34 59
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 94 39 R 35 51
PLAVIX 89 85 36 63
SPIRONOLACTONE 88 64 37 47
KLOR-CON M20 85 68 38 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84 71 39 15
BYSTOLIC 83 68 40 111
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 77 41 35
SERTRALINE HCL 82 50 41 23
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 82 72 41 112
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 80 77 44 32
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 79 69 45 85
NEXIUM 78 51 46 33
ACTOS 76 75 47 131
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76 66 47 17
INSULIN SYRINGE 75 57 49 102
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 69 69 50 100
BUMETANIDE 68 38 51 82
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 68 37 R 51 66
NAMENDA 66 66 53 31
LIPITOR 65 55 54 109
DIOVAN 64 64 55 56
VYTORIN 64 54 55 140
MIRTAZAPINE 64 37 55 41
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 62 62 58 76
CYMBALTA 60 0 59 45
TRICOR 59 31 60 126
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 22 61 65
PEN NEEDLE 56 45 62 146
CARVEDILOL 55 52 63 22
PROAIR HFA 54 28 64 50
LANSOPRAZOLE 54 28 64 139
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 22 66 125
PREDNISONE 51 44 67 36
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 April 15, 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.