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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,830Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 127 out of 1206

$774K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 1206

344 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
43%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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 Iowa
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 344 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 344 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,347 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Iowa
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 561 240 S3 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 486 230 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 417 165 3 3
METFORMIN HCL 369 140 4 10
LISINOPRIL 310 157 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 301 178 6 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 289 119 7 2
GABAPENTIN 281 91 8 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 260 126 9 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 201 104 10 8
FAMOTIDINE 182 63 11 65
LANTUS 179 75 12 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 170 100 13 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 163 81 14 13
INSULIN SYRINGE 156 81 15 111
CITALOPRAM HBR 142 52 16 16
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 141 27 R 17 80
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 35 18 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 131 54 19 55
NEXIUM 120 73 20 47
MELOXICAM 120 50 20 35
SPIRIVA 113 49 22 66
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 108 22 S2 23 114
TRAMADOL HCL 105 55 24 17
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 103 19 25 127
ATENOLOL 100 60 26 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 93 43 27 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 89 62 28 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 54 29 11
PROAIR HFA 87 26 29 49
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 72 31 20
SERTRALINE HCL 83 42 31 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 82 48 33 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81 38 34 25
ACTOS 80 24 35 98
ALLOPURINOL 80 62 35 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 52 35 54
METHADONE HCL 78 30 S2 38 167
CRESTOR 77 26 39 30
TRAZODONE HCL 75 33 40 37
RANITIDINE HCL 74 31 41 23
HUMALOG 70 32 42 140
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 57 42 40
LIPITOR 66 36 44 113
IBUPROFEN 64 21 45 116
DIOVAN 63 35 46 57
BUPROPION HCL SR 63 25 46 171
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 61 20 48 31
LYRICA 60 12 49 115
COMBIVENT 60 51 49 150
GLYBURIDE 59 45 R 51 69
DIOVAN HCT 57 29 52 112
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 56 11 53 33
CYMBALTA 56 19 53 63
LANSOPRAZOLE 55 21 55 128
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 53 29 R 56 59
CLOPIDOGREL 53 26 56 48
FENTANYL 53 20 S2 56 51
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 53 16 R 56 255
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 25 60 19
CARVEDILOL 50 40 61 32
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 April 29, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.