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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,982Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 1206

$700K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 45 out of 1206

612 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,816 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

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 866 795 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 748 742 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 708 636 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 653 634 S3 4 7
ATENOLOL 640 582 5 14
SIMVASTATIN 595 491 6 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 397 391 7 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 350 342 8 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 345 333 9 12
PREDNISONE 302 285 10 28
GABAPENTIN 288 259 11 18
NAMENDA 282 282 12 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 246 245 13 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 239 222 14 20
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 219 212 15 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 208 196 16 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 202 197 17 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 196 189 18 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 195 194 19 15
LISINOPRIL 192 185 20 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 183 176 21 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 177 177 22 31
SERTRALINE HCL 174 161 23 22
RISPERIDONE 174 174 23 74
RANITIDINE HCL 165 151 25 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 163 133 26 42
SPIRONOLACTONE 158 152 27 41
MIRTAZAPINE 156 152 28 50
AZITHROMYCIN 152 141 29 46
TRAZODONE HCL 142 138 30 37
CARVEDILOL 141 140 31 32
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 123 32 201
LANTUS 134 132 33 38
ALLOPURINOL 111 91 34 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 105 105 35 153
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 103 97 36 85
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 93 37 60
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 94 80 38 25
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 94 91 38 67
DIGOXIN 93 91 40 43
MELOXICAM 92 89 41 35
CYMBALTA 90 83 42 63
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 69 43 52
LOVASTATIN 88 82 44 44
LEVOFLOXACIN 87 85 45 78
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 85 63 R 46 59
METFORMIN HCL ER 84 60 47 58
OLANZAPINE 80 68 48 156
MONOJECT INSULIN SYRINGE 79 79 49 268
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 74 50 13
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 77 70 51 82
TRAMADOL HCL 76 76 52 17
GLIPIZIDE 73 70 53 64
ESTRADIOL 70 63 R 54 203
GEMFIBROZIL 70 66 54 71
FENTANYL 69 69 S2 56 51
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 68 68 57 253
NOVOLOG 64 62 58 100
VENLAFAXINE HCL 62 62 59 194
DILTIAZEM HCL 61 61 60 236
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 61 48 60 163
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 51 62 77
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 59 59 63 19
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 58 46 64 68
PEN NEEDLE 57 55 65 121
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 56 66 61
NYSTATIN 54 54 67 166
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 48 S2 68 106
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 23 69 92
BACLOFEN 50 34 70 137
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 50 46 70 102
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 50 50 R 70 180
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 49 70 159
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. 7, 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.