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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,786Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 324

$893K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 324

653 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 653 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 653 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,406 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 Kansas
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 723 602 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 682 479 S3 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 573 504 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 475 439 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 460 423 5 10
OMEPRAZOLE 433 401 6 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 420 395 7 8
SIMVASTATIN 403 395 8 1
LISINOPRIL 392 361 9 3
GABAPENTIN 333 275 10 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 320 286 11 14
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 301 210 12 134
SERTRALINE HCL 255 212 13 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 241 221 14 16
PREDNISONE 235 214 15 36
TRAMADOL HCL 233 194 16 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 227 215 17 17
FAMOTIDINE 226 197 18 62
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 202 180 19 12
ATENOLOL 197 196 20 18
TRAZODONE HCL 191 127 21 42
CARVEDILOL 191 173 21 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 177 175 23 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 177 175 23 25
NAMENDA 172 172 25 31
METFORMIN HCL 169 144 26 9
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 168 149 27 49
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 164 158 28 32
LANTUS 162 125 29 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 149 136 30 15
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 135 129 31 69
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 134 102 32 118
NOVOLOG 133 106 33 60
RISPERIDONE 124 98 34 77
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 121 107 35 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 115 86 36 20
PAROXETINE HCL 114 102 37 72
DIGOXIN 112 102 38 40
GLYBURIDE 112 98 R 38 59
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 107 92 40 46
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 106 40 11
MIRTAZAPINE 104 104 42 41
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 103 103 43 81
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 102 91 44 182
DETROL LA 102 71 44 155
CEPHALEXIN 99 69 46 90
CLONIDINE HCL 97 94 47 53
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 86 48 55
AMIODARONE HCL 94 77 48 151
CLOPIDOGREL 92 76 50 38
KLOR-CON M20 87 43 51 52
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 87 53 51 125
OXYCODONE HCL 86 63 S2 53 71
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 85 85 54 80
GLIMEPIRIDE 82 79 55 37
LIDODERM 82 77 55 110
TORSEMIDE 80 67 57 231
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 77 73 58 86
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 68 59 145
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75 75 60 34
BACLOFEN 73 49 61 124
AZITHROMYCIN 71 66 62 48
ROPINIROLE HCL 69 69 63 87
BUSPIRONE HCL 69 68 63 106
MUPIROCIN 69 65 63 189
EXELON 67 67 66 119
NABUMETONE 67 47 66 184
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 66 64 68 154
DIOVAN 66 65 68 56
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 66 27 68 112
RAMIPRIL 60 60 71 104
NEXIUM 58 34 72 33
CRESTOR 58 38 72 28
ALLOPURINOL 58 56 72 27
OXYCONTIN 58 43 S2 72 108
VERAPAMIL ER 57 57 76 127
LOVASTATIN 55 52 77 43
PLAVIX 54 46 78 63
SEROQUEL 54 53 78 177
CYMBALTA 53 50 80 45
SYNTHROID 53 53 80 30
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 53 40 80 164
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 53 53 80 21
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 53 41 80 78
AMOXICILLIN 52 47 85 137
HUMALOG 51 48 86 103
FENTANYL 50 39 S2 87 64
LEVETIRACETAM 50 50 87 120
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 Feb. 28, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.