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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,628Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 288

$821K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 288

560 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

6% of this provider’s 560 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 560 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 17,158 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
LISINOPRIL 1,202 998 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 816 676 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 748 622 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 739 641 4 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 731 631 5 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 626 488 6 6
ATENOLOL 607 500 7 10
OMEPRAZOLE 588 409 8 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 572 481 9 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 475 422 10 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 467 267 S3 11 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 463 383 12 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 452 366 13 14
TRAMADOL HCL 405 348 14 19
METFORMIN HCL 392 285 15 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 365 333 16 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 355 271 17 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 304 303 18 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 285 240 19 13
GLIPIZIDE 265 225 20 56
GABAPENTIN 252 145 21 17
LANTUS 237 151 22 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 202 179 23 24
PROAIR HFA 195 123 24 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 190 131 25 35
TRAZODONE HCL 177 108 26 37
NEXIUM 174 158 27 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 163 114 28 42
FLUOXETINE HCL 162 121 29 64
GLIPIZIDE ER 154 128 30 93
SERTRALINE HCL 149 104 31 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 148 122 32 15
FAMOTIDINE 144 112 33 68
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 141 140 34 38
ALLOPURINOL 138 128 35 23
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 136 98 36 72
AZITHROMYCIN 135 114 37 49
PREDNISONE 126 110 38 30
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 118 85 39 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 114 72 40 40
GLIMEPIRIDE 112 94 41 32
RANITIDINE HCL 111 86 42 33
CLOPIDOGREL 107 89 43 47
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 105 96 S2 44 109
BENAZEPRIL HCL 102 85 45 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 101 61 46 36
TERAZOSIN HCL 99 87 47 85
NITROSTAT 97 75 48 156
KLOR-CON 10 95 89 49 66
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 94 91 50 133
LOVASTATIN 93 74 51 46
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 93 81 51 78
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 92 66 53 22
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 85 33 54 94
RAMIPRIL 82 75 55 101
JANUVIA 82 72 55 88
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 82 31 R 55 65
CELEBREX 79 32 58 84
INSULIN SYRINGE 79 63 58 79
VERAPAMIL ER 78 70 60 97
PROMETHAZINE HCL 78 47 R 60 198
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 70 62 62
GEMFIBROZIL 77 59 62 77
DONEPEZIL HCL 75 75 64 29
IBUPROFEN 71 35 65 111
PLAVIX 70 59 66 71
CARVEDILOL 68 60 67 27
DIGOXIN 67 67 68 51
SPIRIVA 66 62 69 48
MIRTAZAPINE 65 54 70 60
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 59 71 75
MECLIZINE HCL 61 43 72 177
CARTIA XT 61 61 72 324
BUPROPION HCL SR 59 26 74 243
LIPITOR 59 55 74 107
RISPERIDONE 59 59 74 98
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 29 77 167
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 36 78 69
CYMBALTA 56 49 78 67
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 50 78 41
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 33 81 81
JANTOVEN 55 54 81 146
COMBIVENT 54 35 83 124
NYSTATIN 52 43 84 213
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 43 84 113
CLONIDINE HCL 52 36 84 70
PAROXETINE HCL 51 31 87 54
GLIPIZIDE XL 51 47 87 161
LANSOPRAZOLE 51 50 87 158
ZETIA 50 25 90 58
CRESTOR 50 14 90 26
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 23, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.