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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,673Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 288

$633K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 38 out of 288

454 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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

11% of this provider’s 454 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 454 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,876 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 979 816 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 478 408 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 466 343 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 438 369 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 412 310 S3 5 7
METFORMIN HCL 338 250 6 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 337 250 7 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 307 258 8 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 282 268 9 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 268 219 10 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 229 211 11 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 204 168 12 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 203 188 13 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 176 146 14 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 175 162 15 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 159 140 16 22
FENTANYL 156 108 S2 17 57
LISINOPRIL 156 113 17 4
AZITHROMYCIN 133 106 19 49
GABAPENTIN 128 93 20 17
CLOPIDOGREL 127 127 21 47
ALLOPURINOL 124 96 22 23
ATENOLOL 123 110 23 10
PREDNISONE 113 81 24 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 81 25 13
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 81 26 87
CLONIDINE HCL 97 75 27 70
BENAZEPRIL HCL 96 96 28 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 95 29 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 95 83 29 21
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 91 71 S2 31 109
RANITIDINE HCL 91 44 31 33
TRAMADOL HCL 90 70 33 19
CRESTOR 89 63 34 26
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 89 89 34 196
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 88 61 36 42
PLAVIX 86 86 37 71
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83 71 38 24
LANTUS 81 63 39 31
NEXIUM 79 72 40 43
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 67 41 28
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 62 42 74
CEPHALEXIN 77 62 42 83
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 75 75 44 69
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 73 61 45 89
KLOR-CON 10 73 58 45 66
BACLOFEN 70 51 47 121
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69 50 48 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 69 49 48 16
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 68 68 50 78
ACTOS 67 26 51 106
CARVEDILOL 67 67 51 27
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 60 51 62
DIGOXIN 67 61 51 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 46 55 41
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 58 56 64
PAROXETINE HCL 63 38 56 54
GLYBURIDE 61 37 R 58 59
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 60 60 59 40
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 46 R 59 73
LANSOPRAZOLE 55 33 61 158
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 38 62 79
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 40 62 55
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 53 25 64 94
LABETALOL HCL 53 53 64 147
GLIPIZIDE 52 41 66 56
RAMIPRIL 51 39 67 101
ENDOCET 50 0 S2 68 222
ONDANSETRON HCL 50 43 68 256
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 Nov. 7, 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.