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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,961Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 170 out of 324

$315K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 191 out of 324

371 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
4% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 371 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,628 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
SIMVASTATIN 556 520 1 1
LISINOPRIL 265 242 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 229 211 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 218 197 S3 4 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 157 5 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 168 165 6 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 167 165 7 10
METFORMIN HCL 157 149 8 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 143 133 9 12
OMEPRAZOLE 130 129 10 6
ATENOLOL 130 126 10 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 129 109 12 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 122 13 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 114 110 14 24
LOVASTATIN 101 93 15 43
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 95 91 16 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 71 71 17 25
TRAMADOL HCL 63 63 18 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 62 62 19 15
FUROSEMIDE 61 61 20 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 60 60 21 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 55 22 32
NAPROXEN 58 55 23 132
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 53 24 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 57 57 24 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 51 26 67
CARVEDILOL 50 50 27 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 49 27 55
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 50 50 27 76
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 Dec. 18, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.