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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,568Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 501 out of 1499

$340K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 597 out of 1499

450 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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

4% of this provider’s 450 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 450 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,253 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 Missouri
SIMVASTATIN 446 295 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 307 225 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 301 257 3 6
LISINOPRIL 284 209 4 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 221 130 5 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 210 134 S3 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 199 158 7 5
METFORMIN HCL 183 86 8 8
FUROSEMIDE 175 138 9 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 154 127 10 11
CARVEDILOL 151 128 11 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 135 88 12 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 110 13 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 133 110 14 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 99 15 25
RANITIDINE HCL 121 77 15 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 119 83 17 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 99 45 18 38
KLOR-CON M20 87 72 19 97
GABAPENTIN 86 55 20 13
MELOXICAM 81 42 21 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 80 26 22 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 79 73 23 23
TRAMADOL HCL 71 63 24 16
ROPINIROLE HCL 71 37 24 55
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 27 R 26 49
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 61 33 27 89
LOVASTATIN 60 48 28 19
NEXIUM 58 27 29 28
VERAPAMIL ER 58 58 29 117
DONEPEZIL HCL 54 54 31 35
FENOFIBRATE 53 32 32 66
SERTRALINE HCL 52 34 33 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 47 33 29
PROAIR HFA 52 23 33 30
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 May 20, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.