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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,236Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 107 out of 972

$670K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 161 out of 972

667 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
9% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 667 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 667 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 14,628 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

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 743 710 1 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 582 576 2 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 564 544 3 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 535 475 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 510 481 5 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 489 476 6 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 432 429 7 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 427 413 8 16
FUROSEMIDE 421 405 9 7
LISINOPRIL 418 411 10 1
METFORMIN HCL 320 305 11 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 311 272 S3 12 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 266 244 13 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 255 255 14 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 254 241 15 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 248 245 16 13
TRAMADOL HCL 215 215 17 15
LOVASTATIN 210 198 18 22
CARVEDILOL 203 187 19 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 201 201 20 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 185 184 21 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 185 185 21 9
ATENOLOL 178 174 23 18
GABAPENTIN 170 164 24 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 157 157 25 41
ALLOPURINOL 156 156 26 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 156 156 26 43
CRESTOR 145 141 28 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 134 131 29 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 130 129 30 54
DILTIAZEM ER 129 129 31 129
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 126 125 32 31
TRAZODONE HCL 104 104 33 35
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 102 102 34 74
PREDNISONE 91 91 35 40
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 90 83 36 207
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 85 85 37 39
RAMIPRIL 84 70 38 101
LANTUS 82 76 39 44
NEXIUM 80 68 40 30
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 76 40 63
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 78 47 R 42 53
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 77 77 43 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 74 44 60
DIGOXIN 72 63 45 52
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 71 46 32
CLOPIDOGREL 70 70 47 37
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 70 67 47 117
MELOXICAM 69 69 49 36
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 68 60 50 86
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 66 50 45
DIOVAN 67 67 52 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 67 52 61
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 64 64 54 107
CLONIDINE HCL 63 63 55 57
SINGULAIR 62 62 56 81
DONEPEZIL HCL 60 60 57 26
HUMALOG 59 51 58 150
IRBESARTAN 58 58 59 337
PEN NEEDLE 58 53 59 99
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 56 59 27
PROAIR HFA 56 48 62 47
KLOR-CON M20 55 55 63 78
SOTALOL 54 54 64 237
BENICAR 54 54 64 133
FLOVENT HFA 53 53 66 240
AZITHROMYCIN 52 51 67 42
LIPITOR 51 51 68 90
PLAVIX 50 47 69 55
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 Feb. 19, 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.