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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,792Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 49

$383K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 49

300 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%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
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this specialty
in Missouri
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 300 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 300 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 10,119 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$32 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 27.


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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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 619 582 1 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 533 478 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 498 424 3 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 436 398 4 9
SIMVASTATIN 426 383 5 4
VYTORIN 410 404 10 6 102
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 352 241 S3 7 3
RANITIDINE HCL 317 300 8 11
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 289 245 9 94
METFORMIN HCL 214 170 10 8
PREDNISONE 214 191 10 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 194 168 12 45
CLONIDINE HCL 191 171 13 63
CEPHALEXIN 178 146 14 81
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 175 154 15 65
FINASTERIDE 163 163 16 107
OMEPRAZOLE 151 119 17 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 149 138 18 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 145 140 19 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 137 137 20 26
LISINOPRIL 134 93 21 1
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 131 131 S3 22 138
PROPRANOLOL HCL 124 114 23 125
ALLOPURINOL 124 121 23 37
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 121 121 25 101
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 119 76 R 26 31
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 101 83 27 147
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 93 81 28 21
LANTUS 93 56 28 44
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 89 83 30 144
GABAPENTIN 86 55 31 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 79 31 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 84 83 33 20
METHYLDOPA-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 83 R 10 33 228
ZETIA 82 78 35 125
BENAZEPRIL HCL 81 81 36 131
FENTANYL 80 31 S2 37 77
ENDOCET 79 33 S2 38 70
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 51 39 55
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 72 63 40 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 72 61 40 18
AMIODARONE HCL 71 71 42 191
NEXIUM 65 43 43 23
NITROFURANTOIN 62 61 44 209
PAROXETINE HCL 59 45 45 71
DIPYRIDAMOLE 58 58 R 46 259
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 55 46 76
GLIPIZIDE 57 55 48 49
SYNTHROID 55 49 49 134
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 53 50 14
TRAMADOL HCL 54 46 50 15
AVODART 53 53 52 205
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 Aug. 12, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.