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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,349Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 1206

$907K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 1206

625 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 625 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 625 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 20,047 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% 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

37 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,243 1,127 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 912 838 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 909 816 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 795 734 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 743 714 5 2
LISINOPRIL 635 568 6 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 577 453 S3 7 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 565 514 8 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 527 499 9 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 507 484 10 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 472 428 11 15
METFORMIN HCL 465 379 12 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 443 331 13 16
MELOXICAM 395 333 14 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 360 319 15 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 322 238 16 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 319 291 17 11
DIGOXIN 299 284 18 43
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 274 235 19 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 262 244 20 40
CARVEDILOL 225 223 21 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 219 216 22 29
ALLOPURINOL 208 189 23 24
CEFDINIR 207 179 24 161
GABAPENTIN 206 130 25 18
BENAZEPRIL HCL 199 197 26 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 184 163 27 61
SPIRONOLACTONE 175 169 28 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 172 140 29 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 127 30 27
TRAMADOL HCL 158 155 31 17
ROPINIROLE HCL 155 136 32 77
ATENOLOL 151 146 33 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 150 147 34 19
RAMIPRIL 146 144 35 96
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 142 123 36 68
SERTRALINE HCL 130 102 37 22
FENTANYL 124 98 S2 38 51
CLOPIDOGREL 117 95 39 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 116 40 60
LEVOTHROID 112 106 41 221
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 110 90 42 76
ACTOS 110 101 42 98
NAMENDA 108 108 44 36
TRAZODONE HCL 107 86 45 37
NEXIUM 106 74 46 47
DIOVAN 106 105 46 57
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 103 69 48 31
CRESTOR 102 99 49 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 56 50 54
PAROXETINE HCL 98 59 51 53
GLIPIZIDE 92 68 52 64
ZETIA 91 85 53 73
MEGESTROL ACETATE 90 87 R 54 290
PREDNISONE 88 79 55 28
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 87 83 56 82
LEVOFLOXACIN 85 71 57 78
PROAIR HFA 83 31 58 49
VESICARE 82 76 59 148
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 81 74 60 67
LYRICA 80 61 61 115
PLAVIX 77 69 62 72
DIOVAN HCT 77 57 62 112
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 63 64 55
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 76 55 64 85
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 74 74 66 174
RANITIDINE HCL 73 44 67 23
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 72 72 68 131
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 72 68 33
AGGRENOX 71 67 70 176
LIPITOR 70 64 71 113
GLIPIZIDE ER 69 62 72 99
CELEBREX 69 46 72 84
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 69 42 72 79
NAPROXEN 66 54 75 105
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 65 63 76 45
SINGULAIR 64 46 77 120
MIRTAZAPINE 64 57 77 50
CLONIDINE HCL 64 55 77 88
FINASTERIDE 64 64 77 90
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 30 81 52
LANTUS 62 52 82 38
LANSOPRAZOLE 62 40 82 128
GLYBURIDE 61 56 R 84 69
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 49 R 84 59
DILTIAZEM ER 60 60 86 83
CALCITRIOL 60 59 86 203
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 57 86 21
DETROL LA 59 38 89 125
GEMFIBROZIL 58 58 90 71
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 20 R 91 80
PREMARIN 56 18 R 92 147
MECLIZINE HCL 56 56 92 229
SPIRIVA 56 54 92 66
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 55 48 95 197
VERAPAMIL ER 53 53 96 97
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 51 97 119
PEN NEEDLE 50 39 98 121
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. 7, 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.