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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,016Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 105 out of 198

$501K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 198

227 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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
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this specialty
in Nebraska
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 227 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 227 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,480 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$83 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 186 166 S3 1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 164 162 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 154 145 3 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 140 115 4 7
NAMENDA 127 127 5 33
SIMVASTATIN 127 103 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 109 108 7 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 97 8 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 105 91 8 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 101 98 10 9
NIASPAN 90 90 11 138
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 83 74 12 11
LOVASTATIN 81 71 13 70
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 81 80 13 12
GABAPENTIN 79 79 15 14
METFORMIN HCL 78 75 16 13
MELOXICAM 76 76 17 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 75 75 18 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 66 66 19 4
SERTRALINE HCL 63 52 20 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 62 57 21 10
CARVEDILOL 61 51 22 24
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 59 R 23 67
CRESTOR 57 56 24 26
CELEBREX 55 45 25 59
LISINOPRIL 54 50 26 6
NAPROXEN 53 53 27 133
RAMIPRIL 52 52 28 72
ALLOPURINOL 50 44 29 23
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 Oct. 7, 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.