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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Emergency Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,265Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 38

$463K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 38

430 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

4% of this provider’s 430 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 430 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 27%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,057 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 11%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $42 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 401 362 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 354 330 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 295 263 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 288 288 4 9
OMEPRAZOLE 288 252 4 5
LISINOPRIL 277 235 6 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 244 221 7 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 213 209 8 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 206 184 9 18
TRAMADOL HCL 203 185 10 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 169 150 11 17
SYNTHROID 166 151 12 35
METFORMIN HCL 163 152 13 10
SERTRALINE HCL 161 138 14 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 159 153 15 15
NAMENDA 134 134 16 44
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 119 16 7
BENAZEPRIL HCL 133 133 18 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 117 19 20
NEXIUM 112 90 20 52
DIGOXIN 106 104 21 28
DILTIAZEM ER 102 95 22 54
LANSOPRAZOLE 100 97 23 56
SPIRONOLACTONE 98 98 24 57
CITALOPRAM HBR 96 76 25 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 92 88 26 25
EXELON 92 92 26 59
JANTOVEN 90 90 28 31
PAROXETINE HCL 87 68 29 42
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 85 43 S3 30 1
CLOPIDOGREL 84 73 31 36
DIOVAN 81 81 32 60
PLAVIX 80 72 33 46
METFORMIN HCL ER 79 79 34 62
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 79 34 37
ATENOLOL 77 64 36 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 77 77 36 63
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 71 58 R 38 18
EVISTA 70 67 39 66
FAMOTIDINE 69 47 40 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 68 68 41 67
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 66 66 42 68
PREDNISONE 64 55 43 27
MELOXICAM 63 63 44 70
TRAZODONE HCL 63 46 44 70
FENOFIBRATE 62 62 46 72
CEPHALEXIN 61 45 47 40
GABAPENTIN 59 49 48 11
CARVEDILOL 56 55 49 53
CRESTOR 56 38 49 81
TAMSULOSIN HCL 56 56 49 39
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 55 52 83
DIOVAN HCT 55 54 52 83
GLIPIZIDE ER 52 52 54 89
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 Aug. 31, 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.