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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,384Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 151 out of 288

$253K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 191 out of 288

184 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

13% of this provider’s 184 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 184 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,678 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
LISINOPRIL 281 189 1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 272 233 2 6
RANITIDINE HCL 265 181 3 33
FUROSEMIDE 259 233 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 228 166 5 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 227 173 6 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 216 140 7 2
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 150 100 8 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 130 96 9 15
SERTRALINE HCL 129 125 10 25
ATENOLOL 127 77 11 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 112 12 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 113 103 13 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 109 81 14 8
TRAZODONE HCL 105 93 15 37
SIMVASTATIN 105 61 15 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 105 103 S3 15 7
GABAPENTIN 85 47 18 17
KLOR-CON 10 84 84 19 66
DONEPEZIL HCL 83 71 20 29
CARVEDILOL 83 71 20 27
FENTANYL 80 80 S2 22 57
METFORMIN HCL 80 35 22 12
LANTUS 77 46 24 31
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 63 63 25 72
CLONIDINE HCL 56 44 26 70
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 55 28 27 168
NAMENDA 54 54 28 39
LOPERAMIDE 52 30 29 267
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 Oct. 25, 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.