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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,678Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 27 out of 198

$654K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 38 out of 198

680 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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

5% of this provider’s 680 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 680 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,300 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
SIMVASTATIN 604 587 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 508 424 2 1
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 487 454 3 32
FUROSEMIDE 434 410 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 406 228 S3 5 8
OMEPRAZOLE 403 306 6 3
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 374 329 7 55
LISINOPRIL 334 302 8 6
MELOXICAM 301 261 9 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 265 232 10 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 262 232 11 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 261 261 12 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 225 204 13 11
TRAMADOL HCL 222 133 14 15
METFORMIN HCL 190 190 15 13
ALLOPURINOL 188 183 16 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 184 145 17 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 172 144 18 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 167 142 19 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 163 133 20 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 159 108 21 7
CARVEDILOL 124 110 22 24
GABAPENTIN 118 89 23 14
DIGOXIN 113 89 24 43
BENAZEPRIL HCL 103 102 25 45
PREDNISONE 100 90 26 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 82 27 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 92 88 28 20
SYNTHROID 91 85 29 36
CEPHALEXIN 91 70 29 108
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 88 78 31 90
PROAIR HFA 87 69 32 80
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 82 77 33 51
MECLIZINE HCL 78 66 34 129
NEXIUM 76 51 35 40
AZITHROMYCIN 76 62 35 56
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 64 37 37
LOVASTATIN 72 72 37 70
ATENOLOL 70 58 39 17
LIPITOR 70 70 39 116
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 69 56 S3 41 135
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 68 42 127
KLOR-CON 10 68 64 42 131
DICYCLOMINE HCL 66 46 44 214
DONEPEZIL HCL 65 65 45 28
TRICOR 65 60 45 93
PAROXETINE HCL 65 62 45 65
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 26 R 48 67
MIRTAZAPINE 61 61 49 44
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 47 50 99
CLONIDINE HCL 57 49 51 52
CYMBALTA 57 38 51 48
TERAZOSIN HCL 57 57 51 102
VERAPAMIL ER 56 56 54 117
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 55 54 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 44 54 18
RAMIPRIL 55 43 57 72
QUINAPRIL HCL 54 54 58 145
ACTOS 53 46 59 115
CELEBREX 53 42 59 59
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 53 35 59 191
PREMARIN 52 46 R 62 101
ZETIA 51 39 63 68
DILTIAZEM ER 51 39 63 98
CARISOPRODOL 51 0 R 63 198
DIOVAN 51 51 63 34
RANITIDINE HCL 51 32 63 54
SPIRIVA 50 47 68 63
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 Sept. 9, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.