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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,231Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 288

$725K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 288

599 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
18% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 599 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,359 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 Iowa
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 910 880 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 823 792 2 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 774 750 3 13
LISINOPRIL 621 600 4 4
ATENOLOL 518 500 5 10
FUROSEMIDE 487 448 6 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 486 463 7 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 441 441 8 6
OMEPRAZOLE 361 338 9 3
METFORMIN HCL 337 314 10 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 335 303 11 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 327 307 12 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 323 301 13 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 315 312 14 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 295 287 15 8
GABAPENTIN 275 258 16 17
DIGOXIN 224 213 17 51
SPIRONOLACTONE 223 210 18 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 212 200 19 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 180 179 20 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 177 170 S3 21 7
TRAMADOL HCL 170 169 22 19
GLIPIZIDE 168 161 23 56
CLONIDINE HCL 166 160 24 70
CARVEDILOL 158 156 25 27
SERTRALINE HCL 155 148 26 25
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 147 147 27 28
ZETIA 141 139 28 58
NIFEDIPINE ER 137 126 29 140
DIOVAN 136 136 30 53
FENOFIBRATE 132 121 31 61
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 127 127 32 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 121 120 33 21
IRBESARTAN 111 108 34 199
CITALOPRAM HBR 104 94 35 18
CRESTOR 100 96 36 26
FAMOTIDINE 100 100 36 68
DONEPEZIL HCL 97 97 38 29
NIFEDICAL XL 93 92 39 293
NIASPAN 93 91 39 103
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 90 88 41 38
ALLOPURINOL 89 85 42 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 87 82 43 32
CLOPIDOGREL 84 84 44 47
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 84 84 44 69
LANTUS 83 82 46 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 81 47 22
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 81 80 48 116
SYNTHROID 80 80 49 63
TERAZOSIN HCL 79 79 50 85
ACTOS 78 72 51 106
NEXIUM 77 77 52 43
PAROXETINE HCL 77 77 52 54
TRICOR 76 75 54 115
VERAPAMIL ER 76 72 54 97
SYMBICORT 75 72 56 104
GEMFIBROZIL 72 68 57 77
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 72 72 57 75
NAMENDA 72 72 57 39
ROPINIROLE HCL 70 58 60 74
PLAVIX 69 69 61 71
AMOXICILLIN 68 68 62 118
RANITIDINE HCL 68 65 62 33
MECLIZINE HCL 66 55 64 177
CELEBREX 63 63 65 84
PROPRANOLOL HCL 63 53 65 90
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 61 67 113
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 58 68 41
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57 57 69 52
METFORMIN HCL ER 57 57 69 76
PREDNISONE 55 49 71 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 55 55 71 64
GLIPIZIDE ER 55 55 71 93
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 54 74 92
DILTIAZEM ER 54 54 74 102
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 42 76 79
VYTORIN 53 53 76 150
TRIMETHOPRIM 53 49 76 342
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 51 79 62
RAMIPRIL 50 50 80 101
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 38 80 34
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, 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.