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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,794Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 972

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 59 out of 972

667 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

7% of this provider’s 667 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 667 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 19,646 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
FUROSEMIDE 887 880 1 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 725 725 2 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 722 709 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 650 636 4 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 603 555 5 9
LISINOPRIL 598 567 6 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 557 533 S3 7 6
NAMENDA 525 506 8 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 466 465 9 13
MIRTAZAPINE 465 460 10 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 435 407 11 26
SIMVASTATIN 384 351 12 2
DIGOXIN 366 366 13 52
SERTRALINE HCL 344 334 14 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 340 322 15 4
METFORMIN HCL 294 246 16 8
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 254 242 17 87
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 236 229 18 65
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 211 198 19 16
CYMBALTA 198 173 20 49
TRAZODONE HCL 196 187 21 35
GABAPENTIN 187 167 22 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 183 171 23 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 170 166 24 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 169 157 25 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 166 159 26 11
TRAMADOL HCL 164 162 27 15
MELOXICAM 162 158 28 36
DIOVAN 153 146 29 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 146 144 30 19
ATENOLOL 143 143 31 18
GLIPIZIDE 143 115 31 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 142 132 33 63
CLOPIDOGREL 136 130 34 37
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 136 124 34 83
KLOR-CON M20 130 128 36 78
FINASTERIDE 128 128 37 77
FAMOTIDINE 128 112 37 73
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 123 39 17
LOVASTATIN 121 116 40 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 119 114 41 20
CEPHALEXIN 118 113 42 124
RANITIDINE HCL 112 82 43 24
PREDNISONE 108 106 44 40
EXELON 108 105 44 125
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 102 101 46 67
AMOXICILLIN 102 101 46 121
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 99 97 48 39
NEXIUM 98 90 49 30
CELEBREX 97 96 50 85
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 96 95 51 27
SPIRIVA 93 93 52 56
SPIRONOLACTONE 92 85 53 54
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 88 88 54 74
METOLAZONE 87 83 55 186
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 87 84 55 96
PLAVIX 86 81 57 55
ALLOPURINOL 85 84 58 28
LIDODERM 80 79 59 115
BUSPIRONE HCL 80 58 59 105
AMIODARONE HCL 78 78 61 165
CARVEDILOL 77 63 62 21
LANTUS 76 76 63 44
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 76 65 63 41
LEVOFLOXACIN 76 73 63 98
FENTANYL 74 66 S2 66 89
GLIMEPIRIDE 73 73 67 34
ROPINIROLE HCL 70 65 68 72
DILTIAZEM ER 69 69 69 129
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 64 S2 69 80
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 51 71 32
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 68 68 71 107
LEXAPRO 67 66 73 177
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 51 73 60
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 62 75 109
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 64 76 43
MUPIROCIN 63 61 77 192
CRESTOR 62 57 78 33
SEROQUEL 62 51 78 164
LATANOPROST 61 61 80 265
OLANZAPINE 56 56 81 149
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 55 54 82 134
TORSEMIDE 55 55 82 131
GLIPIZIDE ER 55 42 82 103
KLOR-CON M10 55 55 82 178
NOVOLOG 54 52 86 100
AZITHROMYCIN 54 48 86 42
CLONIDINE HCL 53 42 88 57
PAROXETINE HCL 53 36 88 64
LOPERAMIDE 53 47 88 261
RISPERIDONE 53 49 88 76
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 52 52 92 132
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 51 51 93 254
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. 28, 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.