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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,186Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 246 out of 1206

$397K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 296 out of 1206

380 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 380 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,304 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 643 595 1 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 384 375 2 21
SIMVASTATIN 383 366 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 313 305 4 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 283 226 5 13
OMEPRAZOLE 261 250 6 3
LISINOPRIL 260 233 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 235 216 8 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 196 191 9 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 192 186 10 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 173 148 11 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 151 139 12 9
METFORMIN HCL 145 126 13 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 142 125 14 16
BENAZEPRIL HCL 140 123 15 39
TRAMADOL HCL 129 102 16 17
CRESTOR 117 99 17 30
NAMENDA 106 94 18 36
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 98 84 S3 19 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 88 86 20 12
RAMIPRIL 85 75 21 96
NEXIUM 85 60 21 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 80 23 19
CARVEDILOL 81 80 23 32
ALLOPURINOL 80 78 25 24
TRAZODONE HCL 78 62 26 37
VERAPAMIL ER 78 69 26 97
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 72 28 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 73 73 29 40
SYNTHROID 71 55 30 94
ATENOLOL 71 65 30 14
DIGOXIN 68 64 32 43
PAROXETINE HCL 67 67 33 53
JANUVIA 62 62 34 87
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 59 59 35 45
DIOVAN 56 56 36 57
SERTRALINE HCL 54 54 37 22
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 54 37 133
GLIPIZIDE 53 53 39 64
CHLORTHALIDONE 51 51 40 118
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 Feb. 7, 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.