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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,976Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 49

$421K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 49

255 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

6% of this provider’s 255 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 255 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 7,672 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 22%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 27.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 393 356 1 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 372 338 2 9
SIMVASTATIN 333 320 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 317 263 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 314 295 5 5
RANITIDINE HCL 208 170 6 11
CARVEDILOL 208 201 6 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 180 119 S3 8 3
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 178 159 9 43
LISINOPRIL 177 144 10 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 169 169 11 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 160 147 12 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 151 151 13 20
DIOVAN HCT 139 130 14 115
DIOVAN 132 132 15 69
NAMENDA 127 127 16 38
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 125 101 17 61
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 117 104 18 52
RISPERIDONE 112 99 19 53
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 109 87 20 21
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 106 78 21 96
WARFARIN SODIUM 106 106 21 13
METFORMIN HCL 97 88 23 8
CLONIDINE HCL 96 89 24 63
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 86 80 25 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 66 26 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 69 27 14
GABAPENTIN 76 47 28 12
PREDNISONE 74 73 29 42
ALLOPURINOL 71 65 30 37
CRESTOR 71 68 30 36
DIGOXIN 66 66 32 62
TRAMADOL HCL 64 60 33 15
ATENOLOL 58 58 34 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 33 34 76
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 41 36 105
NEXIUM 53 42 37 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53 42 37 19
MECLIZINE HCL 52 40 39 156
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 Jan. 19, 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.