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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,525Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 174 out of 972

$739K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 129 out of 972

185 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
45%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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 185 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 185 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 6,302 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

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

68 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 457 139 1 3
LISINOPRIL 431 263 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 349 207 3 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 327 327 4 26
OMEPRAZOLE 325 138 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 303 228 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 271 153 7 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 266 207 8 9
NAMENDA 261 252 9 38
RISPERIDONE 245 119 10 76
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 231 63 11 96
LEVETIRACETAM 230 57 12 111
CITALOPRAM HBR 225 113 13 19
RANITIDINE HCL 217 97 14 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 193 140 15 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 188 126 16 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 176 67 17 27
METFORMIN HCL 170 89 18 8
MIRTAZAPINE 158 145 19 46
CALCITONIN-SALMON 146 11 20 327
LANTUS 146 115 20 44
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 141 16 22 83
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 59 23 10
CARBAMAZEPINE 125 28 24 203
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 123 50 R 25 135
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 122 13 26 67
TRAMADOL HCL 109 78 27 15
LOVASTATIN 103 54 28 22
CLONIDINE HCL 98 53 29 57
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 97 35 30 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 97 76 S3 30 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 94 79 32 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 87 71 33 29
GLIPIZIDE 86 51 34 59
HYDRALAZINE HCL 85 66 35 69
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 84 32 36 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 83 19 37 146
ABILIFY 82 16 38 137
NOVOLOG 81 65 39 100
CARVEDILOL 81 55 39 21
GENERLAC 79 16 41 268
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 78 47 42 65
LAMOTRIGINE 77 0 43 174
TRAZODONE HCL 76 61 44 35
GABAPENTIN 75 30 45 14
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 75 62 45 169
TOPIRAMATE 72 0 47 126
KLOR-CON M20 72 50 47 78
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 38 49 41
VALPROIC ACID 66 34 50 257
FAMOTIDINE 65 30 51 73
RISPERDAL CONSTA 62 0 52 247
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61 26 53 134
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 59 21 54 132
OLANZAPINE 58 26 55 149
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 58 0 55 370
BACLOFEN 57 15 57 123
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 15 58 60
NEXIUM 55 32 59 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 0 59 31
ENULOSE 55 16 59 392
CYMBALTA 55 45 59 49
CLOPIDOGREL 55 44 59 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 54 31 64 17
SANTYL 52 39 65 189
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 21 65 140
TRAVATAN Z 50 19 67 242
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 19 67 138
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 32 67 157
LEXAPRO 50 39 67 177
VIMPAT 50 0 67 348
MUPIROCIN 50 12 67 192
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 March 14, 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.