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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,599Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 288

$539K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 63 out of 288

526 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%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 Iowa
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 526 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 526 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 12,173 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% 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 $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
SIMVASTATIN 687 660 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 480 464 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 471 463 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 424 424 4 6
FUROSEMIDE 337 319 5 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 307 307 6 14
LISINOPRIL 307 289 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 301 301 8 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 296 280 9 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 248 247 10 18
ATENOLOL 235 219 11 10
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 228 199 12 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 208 13 13
METFORMIN HCL 194 170 14 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 192 192 15 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 187 187 16 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 180 180 17 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 170 170 18 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 166 150 S3 19 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 163 160 20 20
RANITIDINE HCL 162 138 21 33
GABAPENTIN 157 155 22 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 145 125 23 24
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 123 113 24 38
NAMENDA 120 120 25 39
TRAMADOL HCL 113 113 26 19
SPIRONOLACTONE 104 96 27 36
ZETIA 103 103 28 58
SERTRALINE HCL 100 99 29 25
CARVEDILOL 86 86 30 27
PAROXETINE HCL 86 75 30 54
LIPITOR 85 85 32 107
KLOR-CON M20 82 82 33 110
CRESTOR 81 81 34 26
MIRTAZAPINE 81 81 34 60
MELOXICAM 80 79 36 44
DIOVAN 77 76 37 53
GLIPIZIDE 76 76 38 56
DIGOXIN 76 76 38 51
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 72 72 40 35
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 70 68 41 69
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 69 60 42 22
CELEBREX 67 67 43 84
PLAVIX 66 66 44 71
TRAZODONE HCL 65 60 45 37
TERAZOSIN HCL 65 65 45 85
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 64 47 55
GLYBURIDE 62 54 R 48 59
PREDNISONE 60 59 49 30
VYTORIN 59 59 50 150
LACTULOSE 57 57 51 119
LOVASTATIN 57 57 51 46
PEN NEEDLE 57 40 51 100
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 57 57 51 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 57 51 42
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 57 51 41
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56 56 57 72
DETROL LA 56 56 57 162
CLOPIDOGREL 56 56 57 47
AGGRENOX 55 55 60 136
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 51 R 61 65
CLONIDINE HCL 51 51 61 70
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 51 61 64
ALLOPURINOL 50 50 64 23
PROPRANOLOL HCL 50 50 64 90
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 March 11, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.