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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,462Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 324

$886K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 324

497 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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 497 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

42% of this provider’s 497 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 14,747 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,275 974 S3 1 5
LISINOPRIL 695 564 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 636 533 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 569 509 4 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 556 500 5 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 512 466 6 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 493 418 7 14
SIMVASTATIN 455 374 8 1
OMEPRAZOLE 412 306 9 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 399 303 10 17
METFORMIN HCL 389 305 11 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 388 310 12 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 345 271 13 21
GABAPENTIN 314 232 14 13
NIFEDIPINE ER 303 262 15 135
CLONIDINE HCL 204 175 16 53
MELOXICAM 202 144 17 29
TRAMADOL HCL 194 164 18 19
DIGOXIN 194 181 18 40
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 188 176 20 80
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 187 125 21 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 171 141 22 16
CARISOPRODOL 163 44 R 23 115
AGGRENOX 163 151 23 162
CLOPIDOGREL 159 119 25 38
GLYBURIDE 151 118 R 26 59
CYMBALTA 143 131 27 45
AZITHROMYCIN 142 107 28 48
DONEPEZIL HCL 140 140 29 25
LEVOFLOXACIN 135 99 30 84
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 134 98 31 128
CELEBREX 132 100 32 96
CARVEDILOL 128 93 33 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 127 88 34 12
MIRTAZAPINE 125 118 35 41
DIOVAN 123 87 36 56
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 121 98 37 181
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 121 113 37 69
LANTUS 121 101 37 39
ALLOPURINOL 120 93 40 27
CRESTOR 115 88 41 28
DILTIAZEM HCL 108 83 42 217
GLIPIZIDE 107 94 43 73
ADVAIR DISKUS 103 91 44 61
PLAVIX 102 81 45 63
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 102 87 45 65
FLUOXETINE HCL 101 98 47 67
JANUVIA 99 76 48 83
LYRICA 95 56 49 107
FENTANYL 91 65 S2 50 64
ATENOLOL 88 77 51 18
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 88 43 51 99
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 83 53 15
METHOTREXATE 86 84 54 168
NAMENDA 83 83 55 31
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 81 72 56 159
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80 67 R 57 66
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 78 32 R 58 51
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 69 59 24
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 68 60 54
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 67 47 61 322
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 66 54 62 78
NEXIUM 64 28 63 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 62 64 11
MUPIROCIN 63 56 64 189
SERTRALINE HCL 62 56 66 23
LIDODERM 61 60 67 110
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 55 67 55
PAROXETINE HCL 61 48 67 72
SUCRALFATE 59 48 70 141
VERAPAMIL HCL 57 52 71 353
COLESTIPOL HCL 57 57 71 241
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 30 R 73 170
DICYCLOMINE HCL 53 15 74 214
FAMOTIDINE 53 45 74 62
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 24 76 47
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 46 76 32
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 50 50 78 372
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.