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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,270Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 105 out of 972

$631K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 194 out of 972

1,084 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
6% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 1,084 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,274 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 648 589 1 3
LISINOPRIL 600 559 2 1
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 575 565 3 50
SIMVASTATIN 545 486 4 2
METFORMIN HCL 464 447 5 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 417 395 6 11
ATENOLOL 383 371 7 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 363 344 8 10
OMEPRAZOLE 360 345 9 5
FUROSEMIDE 336 335 10 7
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 309 301 11 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 288 281 12 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 275 248 13 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 275 236 13 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 254 241 15 4
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 183 174 16 152
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 175 159 17 20
DIGOXIN 165 154 18 52
ALLOPURINOL 165 165 18 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 161 158 20 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 158 146 21 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 151 137 22 27
SERTRALINE HCL 147 145 23 25
PAROXETINE HCL 143 136 24 64
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 142 25 29
CARVEDILOL 139 139 26 21
LOVASTATIN 137 126 27 22
GABAPENTIN 135 113 28 14
TRAMADOL HCL 132 117 29 15
LANTUS 129 108 30 44
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 129 129 30 82
CITALOPRAM HBR 129 121 30 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 125 112 S3 33 6
TRAZODONE HCL 118 102 34 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 117 111 35 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 106 36 43
FINASTERIDE 103 103 37 77
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 98 38 45
LEVOXYL 98 80 38 194
GLIMEPIRIDE 97 89 40 34
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 97 97 40 86
RANITIDINE HCL 96 95 42 24
FLUOXETINE HCL 92 92 43 60
RAMIPRIL 90 90 44 101
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 87 78 45 23
GLIPIZIDE ER 84 78 46 103
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 81 46 63
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 83 79 48 134
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 74 70 49 74
ACTOS 73 69 50 163
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 72 61 51 97
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 56 52 54
DIOVAN 69 69 53 48
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 68 67 54 130
AZITHROMYCIN 67 62 55 42
MIRTAZAPINE 67 67 55 46
PREDNISONE 66 63 57 40
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 63 57 109
PROAIR HFA 61 56 59 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 59 60 32
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 60 60 60 128
TERAZOSIN HCL 60 57 60 120
NASONEX 58 47 63 205
JANTOVEN 56 56 64 160
GLIPIZIDE XL 56 47 64 198
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 55 55 66 311
TAZTIA XT 55 45 66 471
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 45 68 84
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 52 69 61
METFORMIN HCL ER 50 50 70 62
NIFEDIPINE ER 50 50 70 116
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.