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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,729Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 324

$612K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 63 out of 324

346 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 346 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 346 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,238 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 Kansas
SIMVASTATIN 738 682 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 510 486 2 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 446 417 3 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 442 390 4 10
OMEPRAZOLE 400 336 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 395 392 6 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 388 383 7 11
FUROSEMIDE 381 355 8 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 370 347 9 15
METFORMIN HCL 265 204 10 9
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 195 11 44
LISINOPRIL 215 188 12 3
ATENOLOL 212 201 13 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 197 179 14 14
GABAPENTIN 191 166 15 13
ALLOPURINOL 189 189 16 27
LANTUS 182 143 17 39
TRAMADOL HCL 171 153 18 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 168 160 19 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 159 152 20 34
RANITIDINE HCL 158 151 21 58
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 146 134 22 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 145 104 S3 23 5
DIGOXIN 144 144 24 40
CLOPIDOGREL 138 133 25 38
SERTRALINE HCL 125 112 26 23
NAMENDA 119 119 27 31
PLAVIX 115 111 28 63
FLUOXETINE HCL 110 94 29 67
DIOVAN 105 105 30 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 104 104 31 17
BYSTOLIC 104 99 31 111
INSULIN SYRINGE 99 84 33 102
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 97 86 34 159
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 85 34 26
JANUVIA 97 93 34 83
CITALOPRAM HBR 93 74 37 16
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 91 63 38 85
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 90 90 39 46
CYMBALTA 89 60 40 45
CARVEDILOL 88 86 41 22
SOTALOL 86 69 42 150
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 85 85 43 24
SPIRONOLACTONE 83 53 44 47
GLIPIZIDE 82 72 45 73
MIRTAZAPINE 80 80 46 41
LANSOPRAZOLE 80 70 46 139
BUMETANIDE 80 68 46 82
CLONIDINE HCL 80 80 46 53
MELOXICAM 77 75 50 29
LABETALOL HCL 76 68 51 200
LEVETIRACETAM 74 42 52 120
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 73 60 53 20
PROPRANOLOL HCL 73 68 53 95
SYNTHROID 72 68 55 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 68 55 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 65 65 57 25
TRICOR 62 52 58 126
HUMALOG 61 35 59 103
AZITHROMYCIN 60 53 60 48
AMIODARONE HCL 59 59 61 151
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 59 59 61 80
NOVOLOG 58 46 63 60
SUCRALFATE 57 42 64 141
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 56 65 37
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 49 66 84
PROAIR HFA 52 31 67 50
LEVOXYL 50 41 68 173
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 50 33 68 112
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 July 17, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.