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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,878Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 1206

$687K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 1206

725 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

5% of this provider’s 725 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 725 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 17,041 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,139 1,073 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 744 700 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 706 681 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 561 524 4 2
LISINOPRIL 561 539 4 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 527 496 6 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 474 446 7 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 457 439 8 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 456 435 9 8
METFORMIN HCL 442 423 10 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 427 421 11 9
ATENOLOL 402 400 12 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 368 358 13 21
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 360 358 14 40
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 350 338 15 6
DIGOXIN 272 269 16 43
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 240 233 S3 17 7
ALLOPURINOL 218 200 18 24
RANITIDINE HCL 193 183 19 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 185 185 20 20
GLIPIZIDE ER 185 177 20 99
GLYBURIDE 180 177 R 22 69
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 179 168 23 13
SERTRALINE HCL 178 174 24 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 166 25 60
CLOPIDOGREL 159 159 26 48
SPIRONOLACTONE 152 151 27 41
LANTUS 147 147 28 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 132 29 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 141 130 30 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 131 31 11
TRAMADOL HCL 133 127 32 17
PREDNISONE 122 116 33 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 121 34 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113 113 35 26
RAMIPRIL 112 112 36 96
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110 109 37 25
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 107 104 38 45
PLAVIX 106 106 39 72
ZETIA 106 106 39 73
CEPHALEXIN 102 91 41 62
AVODART 99 99 42 160
FAMOTIDINE 98 86 43 65
DIOVAN 92 92 44 57
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 88 86 45 31
GLIPIZIDE 86 85 46 64
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 83 83 47 211
FENTANYL 78 78 S2 48 51
ACTOS 78 76 48 98
PROAIR HFA 78 73 48 49
PROPRANOLOL HCL 75 64 51 92
DILTIAZEM HCL 73 73 52 236
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 72 69 53 82
GLIPIZIDE XL 70 69 54 145
VERAPAMIL ER 68 56 55 97
AZITHROMYCIN 64 61 56 46
RISPERIDONE 64 64 56 74
MIRTAZAPINE 64 64 56 50
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64 64 56 67
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 63 60 52
INDAPAMIDE 63 63 60 178
KLOR-CON M20 63 63 60 126
INSULIN SYRINGE 63 63 60 111
DILTIAZEM ER 63 63 60 83
CELEBREX 62 62 65 84
SOTALOL 60 60 66 177
AMOXICILLIN 57 53 67 122
PAROXETINE HCL 56 52 68 53
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 50 69 42
NAMENDA 52 52 70 36
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 49 71 119
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 March 15, 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.