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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,367Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 288

$718K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 288

875 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

7% of this provider’s 875 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 875 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,593 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 Iowa
OMEPRAZOLE 859 648 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 773 484 S3 2 7
LISINOPRIL 669 430 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 652 473 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 630 513 5 2
SIMVASTATIN 584 432 6 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 505 400 7 6
METFORMIN HCL 363 219 8 12
MELOXICAM 330 166 9 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 315 221 10 22
ATENOLOL 251 189 11 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 251 251 11 9
TRAMADOL HCL 236 131 13 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 229 176 14 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223 171 15 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 210 119 16 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 190 156 17 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 189 127 18 15
FLUOXETINE HCL 174 160 19 64
PROAIR HFA 156 91 20 45
SERTRALINE HCL 147 96 21 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 142 128 22 21
BENAZEPRIL HCL 141 118 23 52
CEFDINIR 137 108 24 224
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 129 47 R 25 73
CEPHALEXIN 122 83 26 83
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 122 120 26 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 91 28 34
FENTANYL 112 101 S2 29 57
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 111 95 30 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL 110 104 31 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 76 32 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 104 89 33 32
RANITIDINE HCL 102 46 34 33
NEXIUM 102 55 34 43
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 95 58 S2 36 109
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 88 50 37 69
PROPRANOLOL HCL 85 65 38 90
ACTOS 84 35 39 106
DILTIAZEM ER 83 53 40 102
PREDNISONE 82 80 41 30
ALLOPURINOL 80 63 42 23
NAPROXEN 79 17 43 144
PAROXETINE HCL 77 45 44 54
CELEBREX 77 67 44 84
SPIRIVA 76 58 46 48
NABUMETONE 74 39 47 108
AMOXICILLIN 74 52 47 118
GABAPENTIN 74 51 47 17
SUCRALFATE 72 42 50 155
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 71 65 S3 51 171
CARVEDILOL 71 57 51 27
PROMETHAZINE HCL 70 29 R 53 198
GLIPIZIDE 69 39 54 56
SYNTHROID 69 42 54 63
AZITHROMYCIN 69 44 54 49
VERAPAMIL ER 69 69 54 97
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 51 58 35
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 59 58 74
IBUPROFEN 65 27 60 111
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 13 61 94
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 40 62 87
BENICAR HCT 59 43 63 172
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 57 56 64 89
CLONIDINE HCL 55 46 65 70
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 47 66 222
DIOVAN 53 53 67 53
FENOFIBRATE 53 36 67 61
DIOVAN HCT 52 24 69 112
INSULIN SYRINGE 52 31 69 79
BENICAR 51 39 71 151
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 51 34 71 240
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 50 38 73 40
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. 6, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.