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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,076Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 207 out of 288

$236K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 199 out of 288

283 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

10% of this provider’s 283 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 283 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 2,545 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

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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 181 136 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 143 96 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 128 89 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 120 27 S3 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 115 93 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 111 91 6 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 110 88 7 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 101 60 8 9
FUROSEMIDE 92 60 9 5
ATENOLOL 90 62 10 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87 63 11 14
RANITIDINE HCL 85 62 12 33
CHLORTHALIDONE 84 73 13 149
TRAMADOL HCL 83 46 14 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 33 15 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 54 16 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 70 47 17 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 67 56 18 8
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 62 0 S2 19 131
GABAPENTIN 60 21 20 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 59 52 21 20
LANTUS 56 30 22 31
TRAZODONE HCL 54 28 23 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 52 40 24 15
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 Dec. 4, 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.