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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,978Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 324

$886K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 324

519 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 519 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 519 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 16,586 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% 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 $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 895 835 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 619 572 2 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 487 434 3 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 474 456 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 433 388 5 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 430 359 S3 6 5
FUROSEMIDE 375 373 7 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 327 296 8 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 315 303 9 26
METFORMIN HCL 284 281 10 9
BUMETANIDE 272 261 11 82
LISINOPRIL 265 223 12 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 263 240 13 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 258 257 14 15
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 242 241 15 175
MIRTAZAPINE 224 217 16 41
CARVEDILOL 214 214 17 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 203 202 18 17
DIGOXIN 200 200 19 40
ALLOPURINOL 196 193 20 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 195 189 21 16
FENOFIBRATE 194 190 22 79
KLOR-CON M20 186 186 23 52
TRAMADOL HCL 185 180 24 19
ZETIA 184 162 25 68
LOVASTATIN 179 179 26 43
SPIRONOLACTONE 177 165 27 47
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 173 161 R 28 66
GLIMEPIRIDE 171 171 29 37
CRESTOR 165 154 30 28
DIOVAN 164 137 31 56
GABAPENTIN 161 133 32 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 154 154 33 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 133 33 44
NAMENDA 149 149 35 31
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 148 148 36 46
FLUOXETINE HCL 131 106 37 67
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 125 38 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 117 39 11
RANITIDINE HCL 122 119 39 58
ATENOLOL 120 120 41 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 118 103 42 34
RISPERIDONE 110 110 43 77
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 102 97 44 20
SOTALOL 101 99 45 150
EXELON 100 89 46 119
MELOXICAM 97 86 47 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 95 95 48 100
DILTIAZEM ER 94 94 49 128
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 94 93 49 125
KLOR-CON M10 93 72 51 117
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 92 71 R 52 51
NEXIUM 89 77 53 33
PREDNISONE 88 88 54 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 82 82 55 14
DIOVAN HCT 82 73 55 148
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 81 80 57 86
CLOPIDOGREL 76 68 58 38
ESTRADIOL 76 63 R 58 98
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 76 76 58 49
BUSPIRONE HCL 76 65 58 106
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 74 74 62 112
SINGULAIR 74 65 62 92
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 73 73 64 54
NOVOLOG 72 37 65 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 72 67 65 55
BENAZEPRIL HCL 72 61 65 75
LANTUS 71 68 68 39
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 56 69 81
SPIRIVA 68 46 69 70
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 54 71 61
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 65 63 72 136
GLIPIZIDE ER 64 48 73 169
CHLORTHALIDONE 64 64 73 230
LEVOFLOXACIN 64 56 73 84
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61 61 76 65
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 53 77 57
SERTRALINE HCL 56 55 78 23
LIPITOR 56 50 78 109
FAMOTIDINE 55 55 80 62
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 54 32 81 118
GLYBURIDE 53 53 R 82 59
TOVIAZ 53 53 82 365
PROAIR HFA 52 49 84 50
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 51 85 178
TRAZODONE HCL 51 40 85 42
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 Nov. 6, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.