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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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31,873Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 972

$2.8M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 972

589 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
45%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

17% of this provider’s 589 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

42% of this provider’s 589 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,975 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

54 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,799 631 S3 1 6
FUROSEMIDE 968 552 2 7
CRESTOR 639 244 3 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 609 217 4 23
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 594 295 5 3
GABAPENTIN 579 194 6 14
RANITIDINE HCL 562 171 7 24
OMEPRAZOLE 548 271 8 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 542 250 9 13
DEXILANT 537 226 10 215
DIOVAN 528 256 11 48
LISINOPRIL 494 221 12 1
NEXIUM 479 169 13 30
SIMVASTATIN 466 195 14 2
TRAMADOL HCL 448 126 15 15
CARVEDILOL 394 225 16 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 370 162 17 4
METFORMIN HCL 364 111 18 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 346 225 19 12
SINGULAIR 331 129 20 81
TAMSULOSIN HCL 303 175 21 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 300 119 22 9
CYMBALTA 292 70 23 49
SPIRIVA 282 80 24 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 277 172 25 16
CLOPIDOGREL 277 131 25 37
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 271 101 27 138
CARISOPRODOL 271 0 R 27 110
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 269 164 29 43
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 266 76 S2 30 106
PREDNISONE 262 118 31 40
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 260 77 R 32 53
CITALOPRAM HBR 246 64 33 19
TOPIRAMATE 243 30 34 126
HYDRALAZINE HCL 240 160 35 69
MIRTAZAPINE 229 121 36 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 226 151 37 11
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 224 110 38 182
TRICOR 206 66 39 91
ENDOCET 200 36 S2 40 175
PROAIR HFA 198 50 41 47
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 196 72 42 147
ADVAIR DISKUS 193 74 43 45
SUCRALFATE 189 109 44 180
PLAVIX 187 91 45 55
FLUOXETINE HCL 184 30 46 60
ROPINIROLE HCL 182 49 47 72
JANUVIA 172 66 48 75
TIZANIDINE HCL 170 28 49 143
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 169 73 50 10
ZETIA 168 70 51 79
EVISTA 166 107 52 127
KLOR-CON M20 165 101 53 78
PROMETHAZINE HCL 158 53 R 54 154
COMBIVENT 155 60 55 94
ENABLEX 153 50 56 204
LOVAZA 153 26 56 136
DIOVAN HCT 152 63 58 122
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 150 83 59 41
PEN NEEDLE 148 58 60 99
LYRICA 148 48 60 113
AZITHROMYCIN 147 53 62 42
DALIRESP 138 62 63 307
TEKTURNA 134 91 64 393
TRILIPIX 133 37 65 235
LIDODERM 133 43 65 115
FENTANYL 132 78 S2 67 89
SERTRALINE HCL 131 68 68 25
JANUMET 131 32 68 219
PREMARIN 131 23 R 68 153
SYMBICORT 131 39 68 141
VYTORIN 127 46 72 151
SPIRONOLACTONE 124 43 73 54
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 122 76 74 74
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 98 75 26
PRISTIQ ER 119 43 76 286
ABILIFY 119 53 76 137
GLYBURIDE 118 52 R 78 70
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 37 79 32
TRAZODONE HCL 113 12 79 35
NIASPAN 113 31 79 144
CELEBREX 110 49 82 85
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 109 34 83 31
AMITIZA 108 63 84 334
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 108 50 84 83
AVODART 108 52 84 214
GLIMEPIRIDE 105 33 87 34
VOLTAREN 103 63 88 238
PRENATAL PLUS 101 32 89 218
ONGLYZA 98 58 90 233
XOPENEX HFA 96 12 91 269
NAMENDA 95 73 92 38
MECLIZINE HCL 94 64 93 184
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93 67 94 20
BUPROPION XL 93 36 94 191
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 92 20 R 96 58
VENTOLIN HFA 91 26 97 162
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 90 20 98 65
ATENOLOL 89 76 99 18
VICTOZA 3-PAK 88 14 100 417
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 86 40 101 221
DIGOXIN 86 45 101 52
ALLOPURINOL 85 75 103 28
LEVOFLOXACIN 84 45 104 98
RANEXA 84 26 104 382
BUTRANS 82 30 S3 106 425
VERAPAMIL ER 82 36 106 108
MIDODRINE HCL 82 35 106 289
PRIMIDONE 81 37 109 253
NASONEX 81 16 109 205
FAMOTIDINE 78 27 111 73
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 78 14 111 199
METOLAZONE 77 35 113 186
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 74 24 114 246
LOVASTATIN 74 57 114 22
LEVETIRACETAM 74 0 114 111
EXFORGE 72 46 117 258
COUMADIN 72 38 117 196
LUNESTA 71 19 119 232
NYSTATIN 70 28 120 156
BUSPIRONE HCL 68 43 121 105
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 67 21 122 119
METFORMIN HCL ER 65 25 123 62
SEROQUEL 64 22 124 164
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 64 39 124 114
MEGESTROL ACETATE 62 45 R 126 195
BUTORPHANOL TARTRATE 61 0 127 453
IBUPROFEN 61 24 127 92
FENOFIBRATE 59 31 129 66
DICYCLOMINE HCL 59 17 129 179
OXYCONTIN 58 0 S2 131 139
LIPITOR 58 27 131 90
WELCHOL 57 17 133 224
LAMOTRIGINE 55 0 134 174
LANTUS 55 33 134 44
LOPERAMIDE 55 24 134 261
METHOCARBAMOL 54 15 R 137 222
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 23 138 109
PAROXETINE HCL 51 26 139 64
LEVEMIR 51 13 139 234
SINGLE USE SWAB 51 0 139 298
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 50 40 142 87
NITROSTAT 50 0 142 223
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 50 16 142 209
GLIPIZIDE ER 50 47 142 103
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, 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.