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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,670Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 44

$271K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 44

238 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
10% 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
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this specialty
in Nebraska
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 238 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 3,229 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $95 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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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 Nebraska
SIMVASTATIN 181 159 1 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 157 157 2 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 111 3 97
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 104 98 4 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 99 80 5 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 78 6 56
FUROSEMIDE 84 72 7 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 69 8 50
OMEPRAZOLE 77 67 9 1
LISINOPRIL 75 69 10 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 71 71 11 20
CRESTOR 70 60 12 89
SYNTHROID 67 67 13 59
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 66 14 83
MELOXICAM 60 44 15 56
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 46 S3 16 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 55 32 17 10
TRAMADOL HCL 54 41 18 48
METFORMIN HCL 53 47 19 55
NIASPAN 53 52 19 154
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 Feb. 11, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.