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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,568Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 324

$814K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 324

477 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 477 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 477 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,464 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 Kansas
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,047 913 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 604 537 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 578 543 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 554 486 4 6
LISINOPRIL 474 402 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 380 344 6 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 371 345 7 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 352 288 8 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 338 292 9 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 327 293 10 17
METFORMIN HCL 308 253 11 9
CARVEDILOL 275 269 12 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 261 224 13 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 250 178 S3 14 5
ALLOPURINOL 229 206 15 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 202 168 16 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 201 181 17 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 190 178 18 25
TRAZODONE HCL 189 172 19 42
SERTRALINE HCL 183 178 20 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 149 128 21 20
DIOVAN 149 135 21 56
NAMENDA 145 133 23 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 141 115 24 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 140 121 25 26
TRAMADOL HCL 136 114 26 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 134 110 27 16
NOVOLOG 134 130 27 60
CLOPIDOGREL 129 126 29 38
GABAPENTIN 125 82 30 13
LOVASTATIN 113 97 31 43
PLAVIX 107 100 32 63
FAMOTIDINE 106 90 33 62
KLOR-CON M20 102 95 34 52
LANTUS 97 89 35 39
PREDNISONE 93 72 36 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 91 78 37 65
DIGOXIN 90 69 38 40
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 89 59 39 112
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 85 39 35
AZITHROMYCIN 88 62 41 48
SPIRIVA 88 71 41 70
MIRTAZAPINE 85 83 43 41
GLIPIZIDE 81 78 44 73
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 68 45 44
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 69 46 87
LEVETIRACETAM 76 61 47 120
RANITIDINE HCL 74 71 48 58
PROAIR HFA 73 43 49 50
DIOVAN HCT 72 58 50 148
CRESTOR 70 58 51 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 47 52 32
CYMBALTA 69 58 52 45
NEXIUM 68 26 54 33
PEN NEEDLE 66 52 55 146
EVISTA 66 66 55 116
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65 48 57 85
CLONIDINE HCL 64 60 58 53
NIFEDIPINE ER 64 64 58 135
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 64 57 58 99
COLCRYS 62 61 61 337
LYRICA 61 59 62 107
BUSPIRONE HCL 60 60 63 106
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 57 64 81
FENTANYL 58 48 S2 65 64
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 57 44 66 78
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 46 67 55
RISPERIDONE 56 55 67 77
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 55 54 69 69
PAROXETINE HCL 55 44 69 72
JANUVIA 53 51 71 83
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 47 71 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 49 71 24
EXELON 51 51 74 119
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 40 75 153
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.