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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,313Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 324

$682K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 324

576 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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

4% of this provider’s 576 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 576 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 16,362 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
SIMVASTATIN 875 788 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 631 518 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 577 513 3 2
LISINOPRIL 547 523 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 541 454 S3 5 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 485 424 6 8
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 472 406 7 32
ATENOLOL 456 429 8 18
METFORMIN HCL 437 377 9 9
FUROSEMIDE 399 347 10 7
MELOXICAM 389 302 11 29
GABAPENTIN 384 341 12 13
SPIRONOLACTONE 383 347 13 47
WARFARIN SODIUM 374 342 14 10
SERTRALINE HCL 371 335 15 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 311 311 16 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 282 282 17 25
TRAMADOL HCL 250 218 18 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 238 224 19 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 235 235 20 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 213 211 21 35
PAROXETINE HCL 209 202 22 72
INDAPAMIDE 189 187 23 195
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 186 186 24 76
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 180 164 25 20
CLONIDINE HCL 158 144 26 53
RANITIDINE HCL 154 90 27 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 153 153 28 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 147 136 29 44
LOVASTATIN 141 121 30 43
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 140 126 31 88
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 140 124 31 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 140 124 31 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 136 129 34 21
ALLOPURINOL 135 131 35 27
TERAZOSIN HCL 128 125 36 133
TAMSULOSIN HCL 122 121 37 26
PREDNISONE 114 105 38 36
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 114 94 R 38 66
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 106 40 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 101 93 41 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 100 88 42 16
GLYBURIDE 99 93 R 43 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97 81 44 17
CARVEDILOL 95 94 45 22
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 93 93 46 80
FINASTERIDE 92 92 47 101
AMOXICILLIN 92 82 47 137
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 89 81 49 55
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 88 53 R 50 51
EVISTA 85 85 51 116
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 79 41 52 136
ACTOS 78 66 53 131
LACTULOSE 76 60 54 172
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 55 55 67
KLOR-CON M20 73 62 56 52
CHLORZOXAZONE 72 62 R 57 315
DIGOXIN 71 71 58 40
ZETIA 70 70 59 68
BUSPIRONE HCL 70 65 59 106
DILTIAZEM ER 69 63 61 128
CLOPIDOGREL 67 66 62 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 66 56 63 49
LANTUS 65 56 64 39
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 63 65 54
CHOLESTYRAMINE 63 63 65 333
KLOR-CON M10 62 58 67 117
JANTOVEN 62 62 67 94
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 61 61 69 164
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 50 70 91
NAMENDA 60 60 70 31
INSULIN SYRINGE 59 59 72 102
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 59 59 72 86
VERAPAMIL ER 58 43 74 127
CYMBALTA 58 58 74 45
ETODOLAC 55 50 76 221
NAPROXEN 55 53 76 132
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 40 78 128
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 54 54 78 149
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 37 80 95
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 53 50 80 112
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 53 50 80 182
KLOR-CON 10 50 49 83 189
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 June 6, 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.