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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,484Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 69 out of 972

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 972

978 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
10% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 978 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 978 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 16,115 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% 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

18 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 939 892 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 743 665 2 3
LISINOPRIL 703 662 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 596 559 4 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 479 444 5 10
OMEPRAZOLE 436 412 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 400 383 7 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 388 364 8 11
FUROSEMIDE 342 306 9 7
ATENOLOL 305 296 10 18
METFORMIN HCL 299 271 11 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 297 272 12 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 248 248 13 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 246 226 14 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 225 217 15 31
KLOR-CON 10 222 192 16 68
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 208 179 17 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 207 188 18 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 207 177 S3 18 6
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 193 167 R 20 58
GABAPENTIN 187 155 21 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 183 174 22 13
SERTRALINE HCL 172 165 23 25
LOVASTATIN 172 172 23 22
TRAMADOL HCL 161 140 25 15
DIOVAN 160 154 26 48
SYNTHROID 159 144 27 51
FINASTERIDE 155 153 28 77
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 154 140 29 39
GLYBURIDE 152 125 R 30 70
CLOPIDOGREL 140 140 31 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 134 123 32 20
PREDNISONE 132 114 33 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 123 120 34 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 118 113 35 60
PROAIR HFA 106 88 36 47
PLAVIX 104 104 37 55
ALLOPURINOL 101 97 38 28
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 100 90 R 39 53
AZITHROMYCIN 99 88 40 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 99 99 40 27
GLIPIZIDE 97 87 42 59
NEXIUM 97 81 42 30
BENICAR 96 96 44 133
CARVEDILOL 94 92 45 21
MELOXICAM 90 76 46 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 86 86 47 16
ACTONEL 86 86 47 231
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 73 49 65
LIPITOR 84 79 49 90
CRESTOR 83 83 51 33
EVISTA 80 79 52 127
SPIRIVA 79 74 53 56
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 61 54 45
PROPRANOLOL HCL 77 58 54 118
AVODART 77 75 54 214
CAPTOPRIL 71 71 57 256
RANITIDINE HCL 71 66 57 24
PEN NEEDLE 69 63 59 99
DILTIAZEM ER 66 66 60 129
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 51 60 41
CLONIDINE HCL 66 64 60 57
VERAPAMIL ER 66 57 60 108
CEPHALEXIN 63 57 64 124
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 60 65 32
NABUMETONE 62 61 65 200
QUINAPRIL HCL 62 62 65 95
SINGULAIR 61 59 68 81
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 58 69 43
NAMENDA 59 59 70 38
PAROXETINE HCL 58 47 71 64
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 53 72 74
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 43 72 86
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 50 74 63
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 39 75 87
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 50 43 76 130
NAPROXEN 50 36 76 71
KLOR-CON M20 50 50 76 78
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 May 13, 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.