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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,829Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 69 out of 1206

$536K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 133 out of 1206

694 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%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 Iowa
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 694 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 694 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 12,410 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

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 864 767 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 637 586 2 1
LISINOPRIL 570 513 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 552 519 4 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 453 410 5 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 399 359 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 388 338 7 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 340 298 8 15
OMEPRAZOLE 337 311 9 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 327 272 10 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 298 286 11 9
SERTRALINE HCL 245 224 12 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 203 164 S3 13 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 189 174 14 13
ATENOLOL 181 165 15 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 179 176 16 12
CARVEDILOL 169 147 17 32
NAMENDA 168 168 18 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 162 162 19 29
BENAZEPRIL HCL 161 159 20 39
TRAMADOL HCL 146 128 21 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 138 133 22 26
GABAPENTIN 137 119 23 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 133 132 24 21
ALLOPURINOL 131 130 25 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 113 89 26 16
RISPERIDONE 109 99 27 74
SPIRONOLACTONE 109 94 27 41
RAMIPRIL 99 77 29 96
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 97 92 R 30 59
GEMFIBROZIL 92 81 31 71
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 92 88 31 76
RANITIDINE HCL 86 72 33 23
ACETIC ACID 83 83 34 242
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 80 79 35 20
LANTUS 80 79 35 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 80 76 35 25
PREDNISONE 77 74 38 28
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 76 76 39 31
PREMARIN 73 36 R 40 147
NEXIUM 73 63 40 47
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 71 71 42 68
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 64 43 19
CRESTOR 67 66 43 30
GLIPIZIDE XL 63 60 45 145
SYNTHROID 62 49 46 94
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 62 61 46 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 61 37 48 86
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 61 59 48 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 57 48 42
DIOVAN 58 52 51 57
ROPINIROLE HCL 58 56 51 77
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 57 57 53 123
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 48 53 27
DILTIAZEM ER 57 45 53 83
TRAZODONE HCL 54 38 56 37
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 34 56 89
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 54 56 54
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 52 59 67
VERAPAMIL ER 51 51 60 97
AZITHROMYCIN 51 45 60 46
GLYBURIDE 51 41 R 60 69
FAMOTIDINE 51 50 60 65
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 35 60 52
SINGULAIR 50 42 65 120
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 Jan. 31, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.