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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,988Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 288

$782K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 288

548 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 548 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 548 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 17,202 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% 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 $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,043 1,003 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 908 844 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 636 560 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 582 566 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 497 446 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 479 455 6 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 474 445 7 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 422 388 8 14
METFORMIN HCL 376 312 9 12
LISINOPRIL 359 329 10 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 356 333 11 15
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 294 270 12 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 267 234 13 11
BENAZEPRIL HCL 260 251 14 52
TRAMADOL HCL 244 224 15 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 239 238 16 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 213 208 17 13
DIGOXIN 210 191 18 51
PAROXETINE HCL 192 192 19 54
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 192 171 S3 19 7
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 188 184 21 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 180 173 22 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 180 174 22 89
ATENOLOL 178 176 24 10
CRESTOR 172 150 25 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 165 141 26 21
GABAPENTIN 164 123 27 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 156 131 28 36
CARVEDILOL 148 126 29 27
ALLOPURINOL 146 127 30 23
PREDNISONE 132 119 31 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 128 109 32 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 128 104 32 22
PROPRANOLOL HCL 124 108 34 90
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 121 121 35 72
NAMENDA 116 104 36 39
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 116 110 36 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 114 102 38 29
NIASPAN 113 113 39 103
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 81 40 34
LANTUS 109 72 41 31
CLOPIDOGREL 104 96 42 47
DIOVAN 104 104 42 53
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 103 103 44 75
ROPINIROLE HCL 103 90 44 74
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 99 99 46 69
TAZTIA XT 97 97 10 47 287
SERTRALINE HCL 95 91 48 25
VYTORIN 94 94 49 150
CEPHALEXIN 92 91 50 83
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 91 91 51 28
ZETIA 91 81 51 58
FAMOTIDINE 89 89 53 68
NEXIUM 88 51 54 43
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 88 87 R 54 65
CLONIDINE HCL 85 82 56 70
HYDRALAZINE HCL 80 70 57 95
TERAZOSIN HCL 78 74 58 85
FENTANYL 77 56 S2 59 57
GLIPIZIDE ER 77 77 59 93
MELOXICAM 77 76 59 44
NOVOLOG 75 38 62 91
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 74 63 50
LIPITOR 71 50 64 107
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 71 68 64 139
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 57 66 62
HUMALOG 68 61 67 117
INSULIN SYRINGE 67 56 68 79
TORSEMIDE 66 59 69 134
EXELON 66 66 69 185
CELEBREX 66 59 69 84
PLAVIX 65 59 72 71
MIRTAZAPINE 64 62 73 60
LEVOFLOXACIN 64 58 73 80
SPIRIVA 63 52 75 48
NAPROXEN 59 57 76 144
AZITHROMYCIN 58 54 77 49
GLYBURIDE 57 46 R 78 59
BUSPIRONE HCL 57 57 78 135
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 55 44 80 122
SYNTHROID 55 55 80 63
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 55 55 80 188
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 53 45 83 92
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 44 83 41
CARBAMAZEPINE 53 53 83 163
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 49 86 222
BYSTOLIC 52 52 86 96
RANITIDINE HCL 51 44 88 33
LANSOPRAZOLE 51 50 88 158
VERAPAMIL ER 51 40 88 97
PRIMIDONE 50 50 91 280
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 June 26, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.