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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,503Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 75 out of 1206

$719K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 1206

475 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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

11% of this provider’s 475 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 475 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 10,387 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 749 646 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 639 511 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 492 390 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 477 363 S3 4 7
LISINOPRIL 416 314 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 407 340 6 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 378 348 7 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 265 191 8 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 254 241 9 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 246 226 10 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 226 186 11 9
METFORMIN HCL 214 166 12 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 203 190 13 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 202 184 14 13
RANITIDINE HCL 160 90 15 23
SERTRALINE HCL 155 149 16 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 153 91 17 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 147 133 18 26
FENTANYL 147 138 S2 18 51
CARVEDILOL 139 130 20 32
BENAZEPRIL HCL 138 138 21 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 135 132 22 15
GABAPENTIN 130 94 23 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 118 23 27
CHLORTHALIDONE 125 119 25 118
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 119 94 26 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 117 80 27 34
DONEPEZIL HCL 113 99 28 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 111 82 29 40
JANUVIA 109 101 30 87
ADVAIR DISKUS 108 62 31 55
ATENOLOL 108 86 31 14
SPIRIVA 106 70 33 66
NAMENDA 103 78 34 36
ALLOPURINOL 101 91 35 24
TRAMADOL HCL 96 82 36 17
CRESTOR 81 62 37 30
PROAIR HFA 78 40 38 49
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 77 74 39 21
MIRTAZAPINE 77 59 39 50
PREDNISONE 76 60 41 28
TRAZODONE HCL 75 32 42 37
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 71 59 43 75
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 67 44 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 67 61 44 31
DILTIAZEM ER 66 60 46 83
RISPERIDONE 65 21 47 74
KLOR-CON M20 63 49 48 126
GLYBURIDE 63 58 R 48 69
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 63 30 R 48 180
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 60 56 51 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 43 51 42
METFORMIN HCL ER 59 49 53 58
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 30 53 79
CEPHALEXIN 59 44 53 62
LANTUS 58 15 56 38
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 58 45 56 102
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 58 35 56 82
OXYCODONE HCL 57 37 S2 59 107
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 42 60 41
CYMBALTA 55 28 61 63
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 55 49 61 76
SUCRALFATE 52 39 63 143
CLOPIDOGREL 51 39 64 48
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 29 65 52
MELOXICAM 50 36 65 35
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 Dec. 17, 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.