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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,898Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 972

$1.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 49 out of 972

883 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%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 Missouri
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

1% of this provider’s 883 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 883 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 19,795 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 929 850 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 845 728 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 731 621 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 713 632 4 3
LISINOPRIL 659 585 5 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 621 589 6 16
FUROSEMIDE 556 501 7 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 511 467 8 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 492 467 9 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 466 412 10 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 443 410 11 13
TRAMADOL HCL 438 376 12 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 376 249 13 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 363 339 14 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 363 343 14 10
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 328 254 16 61
NEXIUM 304 237 17 30
METFORMIN HCL 303 236 18 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 279 241 S3 19 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 278 219 20 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 271 236 21 29
CYMBALTA 252 193 22 49
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 241 222 23 20
METFORMIN HCL ER 236 195 24 62
GABAPENTIN 229 154 25 14
DIGOXIN 215 204 26 52
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 212 185 27 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 211 206 28 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 210 203 29 32
LANTUS 204 191 30 44
DIOVAN 199 196 31 48
CRESTOR 182 138 32 33
CLOPIDOGREL 180 157 33 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 172 167 34 114
SERTRALINE HCL 171 139 35 25
ATENOLOL 161 142 36 18
KLOR-CON 10 151 129 37 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 142 141 38 41
KLOR-CON M20 140 140 39 78
CARVEDILOL 133 122 40 21
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 132 99 41 86
RANITIDINE HCL 130 116 42 24
SYNTHROID 126 109 43 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 126 92 43 65
ALLOPURINOL 121 121 45 28
NAMENDA 117 117 46 38
BENAZEPRIL HCL 114 111 47 88
EXFORGE 114 114 47 258
RAMIPRIL 112 89 49 101
LOVAZA 112 92 49 136
PLAVIX 109 97 51 55
LIPITOR 104 103 52 90
PEN NEEDLE 103 72 53 99
COUMADIN 103 101 53 196
SPIRONOLACTONE 98 92 55 54
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 97 97 R 56 176
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 95 86 57 155
AZITHROMYCIN 93 68 58 42
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 93 27 58 67
BYSTOLIC 92 80 60 102
CEFDINIR 90 71 61 187
PREDNISONE 87 77 62 40
PAROXETINE HCL 85 76 63 64
INSULIN SYRINGE 84 78 64 84
LYRICA 84 60 64 113
LEVOFLOXACIN 83 58 66 98
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 82 82 67 74
MIRTAZAPINE 79 76 68 46
TERAZOSIN HCL 78 78 69 120
MELOXICAM 78 67 69 36
SPIRIVA 77 77 71 56
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 76 76 72 82
EVISTA 76 68 72 127
SINGULAIR 74 62 74 81
GLYBURIDE 74 74 R 74 70
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 72 58 76 107
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 51 76 31
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 71 58 78 199
ZETIA 71 59 78 79
VERAPAMIL ER 70 70 80 108
HYDRALAZINE HCL 70 64 80 69
VYTORIN 70 70 80 151
ZOSTAVAX 69 59 83 104
PROAIR HFA 65 54 84 47
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 34 R 85 53
EXELON 63 63 86 125
GLIMEPIRIDE 62 59 87 34
DIOVAN HCT 61 39 88 122
DEXILANT 61 50 88 215
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 61 44 88 147
VESICARE 58 58 91 171
NOVOLOG 58 45 91 100
ROPINIROLE HCL 57 20 93 72
KLOR-CON M10 57 52 93 178
BUSPIRONE HCL 56 52 95 105
AVODART 52 52 96 214
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 51 97 45
MECLIZINE HCL 51 51 97 184
FAMOTIDINE 50 50 99 73
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 Jan. 9, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.