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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,763Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 288

$546K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 288

564 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 564 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 564 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,579 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 Iowa
SIMVASTATIN 848 784 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 646 619 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 496 456 3 3
LISINOPRIL 494 466 4 4
TRAMADOL HCL 396 357 5 19
FUROSEMIDE 368 359 6 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 366 357 7 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 343 332 8 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 337 313 9 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 314 305 10 9
SERTRALINE HCL 286 277 11 25
METFORMIN HCL 282 222 12 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 277 276 13 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 269 243 S3 14 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 268 254 15 18
GABAPENTIN 258 236 16 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 238 238 17 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 206 206 18 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 201 197 19 15
ATENOLOL 191 191 20 10
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 179 168 21 28
RANITIDINE HCL 167 143 22 33
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 141 140 23 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 134 134 24 14
NAMENDA 131 129 25 39
BENAZEPRIL HCL 122 122 26 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 122 122 26 16
CELEBREX 122 119 26 84
FENTANYL 117 115 S2 29 57
GLIPIZIDE ER 113 87 30 93
PREDNISONE 113 105 30 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 111 97 32 22
CLOPIDOGREL 111 103 32 47
DIOVAN 104 94 34 53
FAMOTIDINE 96 96 35 68
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 96 93 35 62
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93 82 37 21
SPIRONOLACTONE 91 81 38 36
DIGOXIN 89 80 39 51
ZETIA 89 89 39 58
NAPROXEN 88 80 41 144
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 73 41 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 63 43 41
PAROXETINE HCL 81 81 44 54
RISPERIDONE 80 78 45 98
AZITHROMYCIN 79 69 46 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 58 47 50
JANUVIA 74 41 48 88
DETROL LA 72 72 49 162
ALLOPURINOL 72 50 49 23
KLOR-CON 10 71 71 51 66
PLAVIX 71 58 51 71
MIRTAZAPINE 70 70 53 60
TRAZODONE HCL 68 56 54 37
VESICARE 67 67 55 129
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 67 42 R 55 73
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 63 63 57 89
GLYBURIDE 59 55 R 58 59
PROPRANOLOL HCL 59 47 58 90
PEN NEEDLE 58 48 60 100
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 57 43 61 40
GLIPIZIDE 55 53 62 56
CARVEDILOL 54 50 63 27
BUSPIRONE HCL 53 37 64 135
ROPINIROLE HCL 52 51 65 74
NEXIUM 51 51 66 43
AVODART 50 45 67 160
TAMSULOSIN HCL 50 36 67 24
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 June 26, 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.