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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,180Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 324

$879K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 324

811 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 811 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 811 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 12,667 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

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
SIMVASTATIN 904 717 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 635 388 S3 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 592 557 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 486 372 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 458 408 5 2
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 447 385 6 35
LISINOPRIL 377 302 7 3
ATENOLOL 350 312 8 18
FUROSEMIDE 331 282 9 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 279 257 10 37
METFORMIN HCL 267 208 11 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 257 220 12 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 256 233 13 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 223 184 14 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 210 193 15 10
CARVEDILOL 194 165 16 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 189 180 17 44
METFORMIN HCL ER 173 139 18 74
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 172 153 19 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 169 169 20 25
GABAPENTIN 168 84 21 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 159 129 22 20
TRAMADOL HCL 157 122 23 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 130 24 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 144 122 25 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 143 135 26 24
FLUOXETINE HCL 140 104 27 67
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 140 111 27 8
ALLOPURINOL 128 102 29 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 127 106 30 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 122 114 31 17
SERTRALINE HCL 119 99 32 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 117 113 33 100
LOVASTATIN 115 108 34 43
SPIRONOLACTONE 107 79 35 47
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 105 105 36 46
PREMARIN 103 87 R 37 122
MELOXICAM 103 86 37 29
BENAZEPRIL HCL 96 96 39 75
CRESTOR 95 86 40 28
CLOPIDOGREL 93 69 41 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 89 42 R 42 66
LANTUS 89 73 42 39
LANSOPRAZOLE 87 38 44 139
NEXIUM 87 46 44 33
DIGOXIN 85 85 46 40
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 83 59 47 86
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 82 0 48 125
ESTRADIOL 75 59 R 49 98
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 75 28 49 114
PROPRANOLOL HCL 74 74 51 95
KLOR-CON M20 74 69 51 52
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 73 64 53 76
CARISOPRODOL 73 18 R 53 115
RANITIDINE HCL 72 43 55 58
CITALOPRAM HBR 69 43 56 16
PLAVIX 69 53 56 63
NAMENDA 68 68 58 31
CLONIDINE HCL 67 53 59 53
NOVOLOG 66 54 60 60
AZITHROMYCIN 64 49 61 48
GLIPIZIDE 63 42 62 73
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 63 63 62 206
PROAIR HFA 60 27 64 50
DIOVAN HCT 59 59 65 148
ACTOS 58 48 66 131
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 40 67 65
GEMFIBROZIL 57 50 67 93
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 56 0 R 69 51
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 19 S2 69 97
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 50 36 71 154
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 April 30, 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.