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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,905Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 106 out of 198

$313K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 104 out of 198

271 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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 Nebraska
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 271 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,327 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 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 Nebraska
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 259 241 1 1
SYNTHROID 205 183 2 36
LISINOPRIL 199 186 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 197 195 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 177 177 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 162 132 6 3
GABAPENTIN 154 142 7 14
CARVEDILOL 151 137 8 24
FUROSEMIDE 150 139 9 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 144 131 10 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 127 122 11 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117 115 12 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 96 84 S3 13 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 95 89 14 20
TRAMADOL HCL 95 93 14 15
DIOVAN 94 91 16 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 86 17 16
EVISTA 90 81 18 104
PAROXETINE HCL 89 76 19 65
CRESTOR 87 87 20 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 83 70 21 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 77 77 22 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 64 23 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 54 24 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 64 64 25 28
CLOPIDOGREL 60 59 26 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 59 58 27 7
ATENOLOL 54 47 28 17
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 46 28 71
NEXIUM 51 43 30 40
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.