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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,511Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 175 out of 972

$538K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 283 out of 972

707 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
8% 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

4% of this provider’s 707 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 707 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,701 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 576 547 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 484 452 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 466 462 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 447 438 4 3
LISINOPRIL 428 400 5 1
ATENOLOL 397 362 6 18
FUROSEMIDE 385 360 7 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 364 343 8 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 257 241 9 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 254 224 S3 10 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 252 246 11 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 250 235 12 9
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 220 217 13 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 213 206 14 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 210 198 15 13
GABAPENTIN 185 167 16 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 180 180 17 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 179 175 18 20
SERTRALINE HCL 176 165 19 25
PREDNISONE 170 164 20 40
MIRTAZAPINE 144 142 21 46
TRAMADOL HCL 142 136 22 15
LOVASTATIN 136 136 23 22
METFORMIN HCL 133 108 24 8
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 122 111 25 65
METFORMIN HCL ER 116 110 26 62
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 115 106 27 23
GLIPIZIDE 109 99 28 59
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 109 109 28 87
ALLOPURINOL 108 87 30 28
CLOPIDOGREL 108 101 30 37
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 108 108 30 50
AZITHROMYCIN 107 95 33 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 105 105 34 19
KLOR-CON 10 103 99 35 68
GLYBURIDE 100 83 R 36 70
NAMENDA 90 90 37 38
RANITIDINE HCL 89 83 38 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83 83 39 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 81 40 26
PLAVIX 78 78 41 55
CELEBREX 77 73 42 85
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 62 43 61
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 64 44 43
PAROXETINE HCL 63 54 45 64
CARVEDILOL 61 61 46 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 57 47 45
AMOXICILLIN 58 52 48 121
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 52 49 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 52 52 50 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 51 51 31
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 51 51 109
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 8, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.