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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,810Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 196 out of 972

$636K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 188 out of 972

679 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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

7% of this provider’s 679 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 679 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,429 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
SIMVASTATIN 642 613 1 2
LISINOPRIL 441 411 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 362 313 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 337 253 S3 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 336 313 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 298 268 6 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 280 268 7 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 249 219 8 11
OMEPRAZOLE 235 215 9 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 234 221 10 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 204 195 11 9
GABAPENTIN 203 178 12 14
METFORMIN HCL 198 172 13 8
MELOXICAM 194 177 14 36
ATENOLOL 193 184 15 18
LOVASTATIN 191 166 16 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 173 168 17 27
TRAMADOL HCL 154 145 18 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 145 123 19 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 139 124 20 13
FENOFIBRATE 127 110 21 66
TRAZODONE HCL 104 82 22 35
NAPROXEN 103 92 23 71
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 100 96 24 16
MIRTAZAPINE 96 92 25 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 94 82 26 45
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 93 75 27 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 93 89 27 19
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 91 88 29 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 90 76 30 60
DIGOXIN 82 82 31 52
SERTRALINE HCL 81 66 32 25
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 78 73 33 130
GLIMEPIRIDE 74 62 34 34
CRESTOR 73 60 35 33
CYMBALTA 70 66 36 49
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 69 64 37 82
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 62 38 31
GLIPIZIDE 68 66 38 59
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 67 49 R 40 53
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 65 41 41
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 55 42 72
PREDNISONE 64 56 42 40
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 51 S2 44 80
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 41 44 107
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 48 46 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 59 47 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 54 47 32
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 59 56 47 97
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 58 57 R 50 58
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 57 52 51 20
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 55 55 52 317
ALLOPURINOL 53 53 53 28
CARISOPRODOL 53 40 R 53 110
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 53 53 43
RANITIDINE HCL 52 49 56 24
SYMBICORT 52 47 56 141
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 52 56 50
BUPROPION HCL SR 52 36 56 148
KLOR-CON 10 51 51 60 68
ZETIA 51 51 60 79
PLAVIX 50 45 62 55
CARVEDILOL 50 50 62 21
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 Sept. 28, 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.