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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,403Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 40 out of 1206

$689K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 49 out of 1206

575 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 575 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 575 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 12,795 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 21%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
SIMVASTATIN 872 733 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 587 501 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 533 468 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 497 433 4 6
FUROSEMIDE 420 336 5 5
LISINOPRIL 418 336 6 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 389 344 7 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 375 278 S3 8 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 324 276 9 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 303 265 10 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 274 199 11 16
RANITIDINE HCL 228 173 12 23
ATENOLOL 225 216 13 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 221 208 14 12
TRAMADOL HCL 206 144 15 17
METFORMIN HCL 201 177 16 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 177 152 17 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 166 153 18 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 166 143 18 19
GABAPENTIN 162 120 20 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 159 147 21 26
MELOXICAM 158 134 22 35
FENOFIBRATE 147 117 23 56
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 111 24 108
GLIMEPIRIDE 136 121 25 34
TRAZODONE HCL 134 93 26 37
BENAZEPRIL HCL 128 122 27 39
NOVOLOG 126 102 28 100
MIRTAZAPINE 125 106 29 50
LANTUS 117 92 30 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 111 99 31 76
NAMENDA 110 88 32 36
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 73 33 27
RISPERIDONE 105 86 34 74
SPIRONOLACTONE 105 100 34 41
DILTIAZEM ER 103 89 36 83
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 101 88 37 202
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 100 100 38 15
ZETIA 97 79 39 73
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 96 96 40 70
SERTRALINE HCL 96 83 40 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 94 94 42 29
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 93 91 43 33
ADVAIR DISKUS 92 65 44 55
CYMBALTA 91 75 45 63
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 86 55 R 46 80
CLONIDINE HCL 86 77 46 88
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 85 52 48 54
OLANZAPINE 85 78 48 156
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 85 67 R 48 59
FENTANYL 82 71 S2 51 51
FLUOXETINE HCL 82 61 51 52
ALLOPURINOL 79 65 53 24
FAMOTIDINE 79 79 53 65
DIGOXIN 76 74 55 43
DIOVAN 74 74 56 57
NEXIUM 71 45 57 47
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 67 55 58 68
INSULIN SYRINGE 67 43 58 111
CRESTOR 65 62 60 30
PREDNISONE 64 53 61 28
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 64 52 61 142
SOTALOL 63 63 63 177
CLOPIDOGREL 62 53 64 48
CARVEDILOL 61 50 65 32
CEFUROXIME 59 49 66 157
VERAPAMIL ER 57 45 67 97
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 50 67 60
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 57 67 67
LEVEMIR 56 34 70 195
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 55 51 71 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 52 48 72 21
BYSTOLIC 52 52 72 109
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 46 74 61
SPIRIVA 50 44 75 66
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 17, 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.