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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,527Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 324

$752K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 324

278 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

21% of this provider’s 278 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 278 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,586 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

56 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 686 596 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 671 540 S3 2 5
LISINOPRIL 655 575 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 478 432 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 473 394 5 6
GABAPENTIN 434 334 6 13
SIMVASTATIN 384 334 7 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 331 288 8 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 314 310 9 10
CARVEDILOL 231 205 10 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 226 184 11 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 225 174 12 20
TRAMADOL HCL 203 157 13 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 190 158 14 14
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 177 147 15 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 173 173 16 25
TRAZODONE HCL 166 118 17 42
KLOR-CON M20 150 150 18 52
ALLOPURINOL 149 118 19 27
FENOFIBRATE 148 102 20 79
CITALOPRAM HBR 147 135 21 16
NAMENDA 145 145 22 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 88 23 11
METFORMIN HCL ER 134 106 24 74
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 124 117 25 24
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 124 82 25 88
SPIRONOLACTONE 117 94 27 47
PROAIR HFA 117 81 27 50
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 112 83 29 32
RANITIDINE HCL 110 98 30 58
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 109 63 S2 31 89
METFORMIN HCL 109 95 31 9
ADVAIR DISKUS 108 82 33 61
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 107 58 R 34 51
RISPERIDONE 104 42 35 77
LOVAZA 100 46 36 156
SYNTHROID 98 86 37 30
NEXIUM 98 64 37 33
OXYCONTIN 98 58 S2 37 108
GLIPIZIDE 95 71 40 73
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 94 74 41 15
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 91 80 42 85
COMBIVENT 90 51 43 212
PAROXETINE HCL 89 74 44 72
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 87 60 45 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 86 72 46 12
CLOPIDOGREL 85 79 47 38
ATENOLOL 85 85 47 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 75 75 49 21
COUMADIN 75 58 49 216
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 74 62 51 136
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 74 61 51 81
METHADONE HCL 69 37 S2 53 142
SERTRALINE HCL 68 54 54 23
DIGOXIN 67 61 55 40
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 66 50 56 154
OXYCODONE HCL 61 27 S2 57 71
MIRTAZAPINE 61 61 57 41
CLONIDINE HCL 59 47 59 53
SPIRIVA 59 55 59 70
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 21 S2 61 105
GLIPIZIDE ER 57 54 62 169
OLANZAPINE 57 23 62 121
NYSTATIN 57 37 62 165
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 49 62 35
CRESTOR 56 56 66 28
FENTANYL 56 49 S2 66 64
PLAVIX 54 51 68 63
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 54 49 68 112
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 53 53 R 70 66
LANTUS 51 37 71 39
CYMBALTA 51 41 71 45
AMIODARONE HCL 51 38 71 151
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 50 50 74 80
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 April 11, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.