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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,846Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 163 out of 972

$784K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 117 out of 972

331 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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 Missouri
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 331 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 331 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,386 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 Missouri
LISINOPRIL 507 355 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 449 337 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 447 277 S3 3 6
FUROSEMIDE 388 365 4 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 359 246 5 9
SIMVASTATIN 305 171 6 2
METFORMIN HCL 299 159 7 8
LOVASTATIN 269 205 8 22
MIRTAZAPINE 229 224 9 46
LABETALOL HCL 215 158 10 181
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 214 154 11 4
OMEPRAZOLE 198 159 12 5
TRAZODONE HCL 161 107 13 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 154 105 14 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 147 85 15 11
SERTRALINE HCL 147 102 15 25
RISPERIDONE 138 47 17 76
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 135 82 18 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 97 19 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 127 106 20 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 127 123 20 26
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 118 11 R 22 135
CYMBALTA 115 94 23 49
NAPROXEN 114 69 24 71
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 113 32 R 25 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 108 87 26 67
JANUVIA 107 75 27 75
TRAMADOL HCL 103 66 28 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 102 56 29 23
SYNTHROID 100 77 30 51
GLIPIZIDE 99 77 31 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 93 59 32 63
LANTUS 86 65 33 44
NAMENDA 86 82 33 38
VYTORIN 84 65 35 151
CRESTOR 83 23 36 33
RANITIDINE HCL 81 19 37 24
DIOVAN HCT 78 53 38 122
IBUPROFEN 77 27 39 92
GABAPENTIN 77 73 39 14
PREDNISONE 77 64 39 40
PROAIR HFA 76 33 42 47
CLOPIDOGREL 74 54 43 37
JANUMET 72 45 44 219
TAMSULOSIN HCL 71 27 45 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 68 49 46 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 36 47 45
PRADAXA 65 64 48 295
EXELON 62 55 49 125
BUSPIRONE HCL 62 29 49 105
METFORMIN HCL ER 62 48 49 62
NEXIUM 62 20 49 30
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 61 21 53 83
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 61 0 53 96
BENICAR 60 35 55 133
SINGULAIR 59 39 56 81
SANTYL 59 59 56 189
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 59 47 56 17
CLOZAPINE 59 0 56 212
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 59 22 56 146
CLONIDINE HCL 58 43 61 57
DIGOXIN 57 56 62 52
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 55 39 63 128
LEVETIRACETAM 55 30 63 111
MELOXICAM 55 44 63 36
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 48 66 155
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 26 67 60
ATENOLOL 50 18 68 18
PLAVIX 50 33 68 55
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 37 68 140
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 27, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.