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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,231Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 217 out of 973

$413K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 221 out of 973

298 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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

12% of this provider’s 298 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 298 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,323 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 Kansas
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 421 283 S3 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 369 247 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 348 319 3 1
LISINOPRIL 276 252 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 249 169 5 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 225 213 6 10
METFORMIN HCL 214 159 7 8
FUROSEMIDE 173 137 8 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 143 9 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 147 120 10 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 140 122 11 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 132 97 12 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 129 120 13 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 124 81 14 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 123 94 15 35
GABAPENTIN 117 74 16 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 114 93 17 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 102 18 11
PREDNISONE 105 98 18 33
SERTRALINE HCL 104 66 20 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 101 84 21 41
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 96 72 22 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 93 78 23 9
PROAIR HFA 83 65 24 54
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 82 56 25 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 70 54 26 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 70 55 26 19
MIRTAZAPINE 69 67 28 43
FENTANYL 69 43 S2 28 53
TRAZODONE HCL 69 66 28 48
FAMOTIDINE 66 56 31 61
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 25 R 32 42
ALLOPURINOL 63 47 33 29
ATENOLOL 61 60 34 16
CYMBALTA 60 29 35 40
MELOXICAM 59 56 36 23
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 45 36 57
TRAMADOL HCL 58 32 38 18
DIGOXIN 55 55 39 32
AZITHROMYCIN 54 47 40 47
SPIRIVA 54 54 40 73
NEXIUM 53 12 42 30
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 July 9, 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.