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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,559Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 972

$997K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 68 out of 972

633 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
54%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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

3% of this provider’s 633 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

44% of this provider’s 633 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,379 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,757 704 S3 1 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 783 510 2 13
FUROSEMIDE 705 471 3 7
LISINOPRIL 690 324 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 673 383 5 5
SIMVASTATIN 590 346 6 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 579 439 7 3
METFORMIN HCL 499 318 8 8
RANITIDINE HCL 449 254 9 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 388 134 10 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 359 228 11 9
AZITHROMYCIN 331 182 12 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 300 125 13 23
GLIPIZIDE 298 236 14 59
CRESTOR 290 170 15 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 282 241 16 12
NEXIUM 272 111 17 30
ATENOLOL 269 152 18 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 268 156 19 4
NAPROXEN 263 134 20 71
LOVASTATIN 236 177 21 22
GABAPENTIN 225 81 22 14
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 225 128 R 22 53
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 224 151 24 43
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 221 135 25 39
ALLOPURINOL 216 159 26 28
MELOXICAM 216 87 26 36
CEPHALEXIN 203 93 28 124
PROAIR HFA 203 74 28 47
TRAMADOL HCL 187 113 30 15
IBUPROFEN 179 53 31 92
TRAZODONE HCL 175 63 32 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 168 95 33 20
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 167 48 R 34 58
CYMBALTA 152 55 35 49
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 150 100 36 63
CLOPIDOGREL 149 82 37 37
FLUOXETINE HCL 145 73 38 60
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 142 43 39 11
CARVEDILOL 130 94 40 21
JANUVIA 126 80 41 75
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 63 41 10
SERTRALINE HCL 124 107 43 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 115 59 44 45
PROMETHAZINE HCL 113 40 R 45 154
CLONIDINE HCL 112 66 46 57
VENTOLIN HFA 102 22 47 162
PLAVIX 101 63 48 55
PREMARIN 100 47 R 49 153
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 73 50 17
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 96 50 51 50
BUSPIRONE HCL 94 55 52 105
NITROSTAT 91 39 53 223
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 91 65 53 249
SPIRIVA 90 42 55 56
DIOVAN 88 28 56 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 88 74 56 29
CELEBREX 87 52 58 85
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 25 58 31
CHLORZOXAZONE 86 36 R 60 281
ENABLEX 85 55 61 204
TIZANIDINE HCL 84 14 62 143
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 82 71 63 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 63 63 27
LIPITOR 81 50 65 90
NAMENDA 80 80 66 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 33 67 32
TRICOR 78 56 68 91
DIOVAN HCT 78 41 68 122
LANTUS 77 38 70 44
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 76 57 71 272
SINGULAIR 76 35 71 81
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 75 47 73 86
DICYCLOMINE HCL 74 33 74 179
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 72 30 75 65
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 70 45 76 359
LIDODERM 69 25 77 115
ROPINIROLE HCL 69 40 77 72
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 67 42 79 440
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 30 79 114
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-HYDROCORT 63 38 81 449
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 58 43 82 199
DIGOXIN 58 49 82 52
LEVETIRACETAM 57 25 84 111
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 57 22 84 157
COMBIVENT 57 34 84 94
VERAPAMIL ER 57 44 84 108
RISPERIDONE 56 31 88 76
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 44 88 34
PAROXETINE HCL 56 23 88 64
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 11 91 107
DONEPEZIL HCL 55 53 91 26
XOPENEX HFA 55 32 91 269
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 31 91 109
PRISTIQ ER 54 20 95 286
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 54 39 95 254
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 26 97 54
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 52 13 S3 98 404
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 52 35 98 246
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 52 28 98 117
GEMFIBROZIL 50 14 101 93
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. 28, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.