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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,296Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 54 out of 324

$745K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 38 out of 324

566 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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

6% of this provider’s 566 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 566 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 8,538 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 706 488 1 2
LISINOPRIL 479 341 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 462 376 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 408 320 4 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 386 268 5 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 362 210 S3 6 5
OMEPRAZOLE 298 195 7 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 281 248 8 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 245 214 9 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 232 210 10 24
METFORMIN HCL 219 143 11 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 182 175 12 35
GABAPENTIN 173 98 13 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 170 108 14 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 114 15 11
FUROSEMIDE 147 94 16 7
NEXIUM 147 63 16 33
CRESTOR 145 113 18 28
ZETIA 144 102 19 68
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 131 87 20 8
SERTRALINE HCL 131 113 20 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 94 22 15
ESTRADIOL 114 62 R 23 98
SYNTHROID 114 83 23 30
TRAMADOL HCL 112 91 25 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 105 71 26 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 99 65 27 32
PREDNISONE 93 32 28 36
FLUOXETINE HCL 92 84 29 67
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 87 74 30 46
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 87 77 30 54
WARFARIN SODIUM 83 71 32 10
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 83 51 R 32 66
MELOXICAM 82 73 34 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 80 68 35 14
ATENOLOL 80 68 35 18
GLIPIZIDE ER 77 70 37 169
PROAIR HFA 77 35 37 50
DIOVAN 76 76 39 56
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69 0 40 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 36 40 61
AZITHROMYCIN 69 50 40 48
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 68 25 S2 43 89
LANSOPRAZOLE 65 39 44 139
DONEPEZIL HCL 62 62 45 25
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 49 46 55
LIPITOR 60 28 47 109
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 58 31 48 78
ALLOPURINOL 58 58 48 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 57 53 50 26
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 22 S2 51 105
PREMARIN 56 49 R 51 122
CYMBALTA 55 34 53 45
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 54 13 R 54 51
LOVASTATIN 54 44 54 43
FENOFIBRATE 53 49 56 79
RANITIDINE HCL 53 13 56 58
GLIPIZIDE 52 34 58 73
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 12 59 85
NAMENDA 50 50 60 31
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 Nov. 20, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.