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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,639Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 78 out of 972

$814K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 106 out of 972

369 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 369 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 369 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 9,576 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 516 322 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 504 378 2 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 466 200 S3 3 6
GABAPENTIN 369 214 4 14
TRAZODONE HCL 366 191 5 35
METFORMIN HCL 362 207 6 8
OMEPRAZOLE 358 209 7 5
LISINOPRIL 358 235 7 1
TRAMADOL HCL 334 206 9 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 321 161 10 19
FENTANYL 314 233 S2 11 89
NAMENDA 305 251 12 38
SIMVASTATIN 285 143 13 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 272 141 14 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 252 133 15 83
RISPERIDONE 244 95 16 76
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 243 168 17 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 243 216 17 26
MIRTAZAPINE 226 171 19 46
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 207 65 20 96
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 203 101 21 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 197 189 22 12
LANTUS 193 96 23 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 188 93 24 60
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 173 88 25 9
HALOPERIDOL 154 28 26 168
RANITIDINE HCL 149 55 27 24
NOVOLOG 145 92 28 100
IBUPROFEN 145 44 28 92
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 141 106 30 65
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 125 102 31 67
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 123 27 R 32 135
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 122 50 33 146
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 119 73 34 63
SPIRIVA 114 54 35 56
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 112 52 36 97
CYMBALTA 108 31 37 49
TAMSULOSIN HCL 104 70 38 29
LIDODERM 103 64 39 115
BUSPIRONE HCL 103 82 39 105
ROPINIROLE HCL 102 48 41 72
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 101 55 S2 42 80
BACLOFEN 101 22 42 123
ABILIFY 96 29 44 137
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 30 45 11
SEROQUEL 92 62 46 164
ADVAIR DISKUS 90 73 47 45
AGGRENOX 87 81 48 197
OXYCODONE HCL 87 33 S2 48 112
MEGESTROL ACETATE 86 72 R 50 195
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 82 29 51 140
LEVETIRACETAM 81 37 52 111
PROPRANOLOL HCL 80 36 53 118
PRENATABS RX 79 25 10 54 426
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 79 50 R 54 53
ATENOLOL 78 68 56 18
SERTRALINE HCL 76 37 57 25
GEMFIBROZIL 76 23 57 93
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 55 59 10
CLONIDINE HCL 71 23 60 57
LEVOFLOXACIN 71 55 60 98
CARVEDILOL 70 62 62 21
RAMIPRIL 69 21 63 101
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 66 64 27
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 18 64 54
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 65 52 66 132
PREDNISONE 63 62 67 40
CEPHALEXIN 62 38 68 124
RISPERDAL CONSTA 61 25 69 247
LIPITOR 60 16 70 90
FINASTERIDE 59 55 71 77
PROMETHAZINE HCL 59 25 R 71 154
TOPIRAMATE 58 35 73 126
LITHIUM CARBONATE 58 22 73 271
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 57 21 75 16
KLOR-CON 10 57 57 75 68
SINGULAIR 57 26 75 81
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 41 78 109
LYRICA 55 27 79 113
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 37 80 87
LEXAPRO 54 43 80 177
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 36 82 82
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 53 17 R 82 275
FAMOTIDINE 51 28 84 73
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 May 18, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.