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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,315Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 67 out of 324

$552K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 84 out of 324

356 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 356 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 356 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,266 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 Kansas
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 619 399 S3 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 506 423 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 475 362 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 451 352 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 364 259 5 6
LISINOPRIL 296 221 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 247 201 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 244 189 8 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 182 157 9 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 178 99 10 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 175 160 11 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 161 123 12 8
NEXIUM 146 78 13 33
PREDNISONE 136 112 14 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 133 126 15 65
ATENOLOL 132 104 16 18
GABAPENTIN 130 89 17 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108 101 18 17
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 47 S2 19 105
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 106 87 19 12
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 99 76 21 288
CITALOPRAM HBR 94 83 22 16
TRAMADOL HCL 88 68 23 19
PROAIR HFA 87 49 24 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 86 71 25 55
FENTANYL 86 44 S2 25 64
CLOPIDOGREL 82 77 27 38
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 82 49 27 86
SERTRALINE HCL 80 56 29 23
CLONIDINE HCL 80 80 29 53
GLIPIZIDE 78 66 31 73
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 52 S2 32 97
CARVEDILOL 74 68 33 22
LANTUS 67 39 34 39
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 66 11 R 35 51
SPIRIVA 66 29 35 70
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 35 35 34
BUSPIRONE HCL 65 65 38 106
KLOR-CON M10 65 32 38 117
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 64 59 40 15
NAMENDA 63 63 41 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 63 41 37
SINGULAIR 62 26 43 92
NITROFURANTOIN 61 61 44 269
KLOR-CON M20 59 51 45 52
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 55 45 32
CARISOPRODOL 58 23 R 47 115
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 47 48 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 57 48 24
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 44 48 54
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 56 38 51 81
DIOVAN 56 56 51 56
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 56 26 51 125
INSULIN SYRINGE 55 21 54 102
DILTIAZEM ER 54 54 55 128
RANITIDINE HCL 54 41 55 58
PAROXETINE HCL 52 27 57 72
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 52 34 57 88
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 38 59 85
PLAVIX 51 51 59 63
CYMBALTA 51 47 59 45
CEFDINIR 51 34 59 260
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. 28, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.