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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,581Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 288

$651K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 288

631 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

6% of this provider’s 631 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 631 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 16,667 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 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 Iowa
SIMVASTATIN 1,157 1,074 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 956 931 2 2
LISINOPRIL 704 655 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 686 666 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 594 593 5 5
ATENOLOL 587 554 6 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 530 506 7 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 399 379 8 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 397 393 9 6
SPIRONOLACTONE 395 369 10 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 379 360 11 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 366 340 S3 12 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 366 332 12 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 290 290 14 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 270 270 15 29
MIRTAZAPINE 251 251 16 60
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 245 244 17 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 240 219 18 8
FENTANYL 207 207 S2 19 57
GABAPENTIN 204 179 20 17
TRAMADOL HCL 192 173 21 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 183 168 22 32
NAMENDA 157 157 23 39
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 155 151 24 38
CLOPIDOGREL 150 142 25 47
PROPRANOLOL HCL 149 149 26 90
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 145 145 27 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 140 139 28 14
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 136 130 29 62
FELODIPINE ER 135 132 30 132
SERTRALINE HCL 132 130 31 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 129 129 32 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 128 111 33 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 127 127 34 21
CARVEDILOL 127 113 34 27
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 126 109 36 28
LOVASTATIN 120 120 37 46
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 118 105 38 116
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 113 109 39 41
PLAVIX 108 106 40 71
PREDNISONE 108 103 40 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 104 83 42 22
KLOR-CON 10 100 93 43 66
DIGOXIN 97 97 44 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 90 45 55
DILTIAZEM ER 92 89 46 102
METFORMIN HCL 87 75 47 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 86 80 48 92
RANITIDINE HCL 75 69 49 33
BENAZEPRIL HCL 73 70 50 52
CEPHALEXIN 73 69 50 83
LANTUS 73 61 50 31
FAMOTIDINE 72 45 53 68
FENOFIBRATE 72 48 53 61
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 68 68 55 113
LIPITOR 67 62 56 107
TRICOR 66 66 57 115
NEXIUM 66 66 57 43
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65 65 59 69
PROAIR HFA 63 56 60 45
DETROL LA 63 51 60 162
NYSTATIN 62 57 62 213
CRESTOR 61 49 63 26
ALLOPURINOL 61 61 63 23
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 55 R 65 73
GEMFIBROZIL 59 55 66 77
LABETALOL HCL 59 54 66 147
AMOXICILLIN 58 56 68 118
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 58 58 68 176
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 52 70 50
VERAPAMIL ER 55 55 71 97
TRAZODONE HCL 55 50 71 37
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 52 73 79
GLYBURIDE 51 45 R 74 59
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 46 R 75 65
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 Jan. 12, 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.