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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,580Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 414 out of 972

$541K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 279 out of 972

289 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 289 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,858 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 318 250 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 294 244 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 281 235 3 5
LISINOPRIL 273 225 4 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 258 212 5 11
CRESTOR 229 171 6 33
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 214 120 S3 7 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 214 180 7 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 183 133 9 12
SIMVASTATIN 181 157 10 2
CARVEDILOL 177 176 11 21
SPIRIVA 159 120 12 56
METFORMIN HCL 138 99 13 8
BENAZEPRIL HCL 105 83 14 88
SERTRALINE HCL 104 87 15 25
ALLOPURINOL 104 83 15 28
LANTUS 103 75 17 44
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 91 18 10
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 62 19 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85 68 19 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 84 53 21 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 68 22 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 79 72 23 16
GABAPENTIN 73 42 24 14
SYMBICORT 73 43 24 141
PEN NEEDLE 65 50 26 99
ATENOLOL 65 63 26 18
AZITHROMYCIN 64 48 28 42
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 64 54 28 9
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 50 30 63
LYRICA 62 33 31 113
DONEPEZIL HCL 61 52 32 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61 52 32 43
PLAVIX 61 54 32 55
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 38 35 84
NITROSTAT 57 43 35 223
CLOPIDOGREL 56 50 37 37
LIPITOR 56 44 37 90
CLONIDINE HCL 56 41 37 57
RANITIDINE HCL 54 35 40 24
NEXIUM 52 50 41 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 51 37 42 34
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 51 41 42 67
SINGULAIR 50 30 44 81
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 July 10, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.