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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,748Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 1206

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 1206

793 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

7% of this provider’s 793 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 793 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 18,480 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 1,042 889 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 967 870 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 797 611 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 684 593 S3 4 7
FUROSEMIDE 676 629 5 5
LISINOPRIL 619 561 6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 561 549 7 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 441 333 8 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 432 379 9 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 361 347 10 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 322 293 11 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 318 315 12 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 303 286 13 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 294 254 14 15
SERTRALINE HCL 294 254 14 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 291 269 16 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 290 286 17 12
NAMENDA 284 270 18 36
MIRTAZAPINE 271 237 19 50
ATENOLOL 258 229 20 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 242 197 21 26
METFORMIN HCL 222 207 22 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 208 197 23 20
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 200 174 24 33
GABAPENTIN 195 175 25 18
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 188 134 26 31
CRESTOR 177 152 27 30
FENTANYL 176 168 S2 28 51
RANITIDINE HCL 172 132 29 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 171 157 30 34
AZITHROMYCIN 160 131 31 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 154 140 32 25
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 145 107 33 79
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 145 117 33 19
ALLOPURINOL 136 108 35 24
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 132 131 36 85
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 128 115 37 86
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 125 125 38 40
PROAIR HFA 124 85 39 49
PREDNISONE 118 93 40 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 118 106 40 42
FAMOTIDINE 117 70 42 65
GLYBURIDE 116 108 R 43 69
CLOPIDOGREL 116 113 43 48
LOVASTATIN 116 115 43 44
METFORMIN HCL ER 114 94 46 58
AMOXICILLIN 114 95 46 122
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 102 48 27
DIOVAN 111 111 49 57
LIPITOR 111 64 49 113
CEPHALEXIN 111 94 49 62
CLONIDINE HCL 105 105 52 88
BUSPIRONE HCL 105 45 52 110
ADVAIR DISKUS 103 81 54 55
CARVEDILOL 101 101 55 32
RISPERIDONE 100 63 56 74
TRAZODONE HCL 99 81 57 37
FENOFIBRATE 97 80 58 56
PLAVIX 96 94 59 72
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 74 60 60
GEMFIBROZIL 95 91 60 71
LANTUS 93 91 62 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 91 77 63 61
ZETIA 87 75 64 73
DILTIAZEM ER 80 66 65 83
VERAPAMIL ER 80 80 65 97
LYRICA 80 57 65 115
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 78 68 68 54
TRAMADOL HCL 77 66 69 17
SPIRIVA 74 62 70 66
AGGRENOX 73 63 71 176
NEXIUM 72 67 72 47
CYMBALTA 71 53 73 63
DETROL LA 68 53 74 125
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 43 75 52
NYSTOP 65 61 76 245
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 65 52 76 89
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 64 55 78 141
RAMIPRIL 60 43 79 96
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 59 59 80 315
PREMARIN 59 57 R 80 147
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 58 25 R 82 80
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57 45 83 39
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 57 42 83 123
TERAZOSIN HCL 56 34 85 81
GLIPIZIDE ER 56 56 85 99
KLOR-CON M20 55 55 87 126
METHADONE HCL 53 51 S2 88 167
CHOLESTYRAMINE 53 53 88 334
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 51 28 90 211
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 42 90 102
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 50 92 68
PAROXETINE HCL 50 29 92 53
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 Aug. 15, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.