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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,214Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 27 out of 324

$805K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 324

571 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
16% 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

2% of this provider’s 571 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 571 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 13,701 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% 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

27 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 632 575 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 531 488 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 514 483 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 475 450 4 2
METFORMIN HCL 446 408 5 9
MELOXICAM 407 350 6 29
LISINOPRIL 364 337 7 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 355 302 8 16
TRAMADOL HCL 300 278 9 19
SYNTHROID 289 272 10 30
FUROSEMIDE 278 265 11 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 269 224 12 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 240 238 13 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 237 219 14 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 232 227 15 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 210 199 16 34
RANITIDINE HCL 198 194 17 58
METFORMIN HCL ER 182 167 18 74
NAMENDA 170 170 19 31
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 155 146 20 46
PROPRANOLOL HCL 155 127 20 95
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 153 140 22 8
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 146 120 23 32
CARVEDILOL 143 139 24 22
KLOR-CON M20 141 141 25 52
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 132 26 11
MIRTAZAPINE 138 121 27 41
SUCRALFATE 134 112 28 141
ATENOLOL 132 124 29 18
GABAPENTIN 130 117 30 13
PREDNISONE 128 109 31 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 125 117 32 21
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 114 112 33 65
CLOPIDOGREL 114 107 33 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 108 35 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 104 98 S3 36 5
ZETIA 102 96 37 68
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 98 87 38 78
CRESTOR 97 93 39 28
BENAZEPRIL HCL 96 96 40 75
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 96 87 40 85
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 95 42 44
COUMADIN 91 89 43 216
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 67 44 35
ALLOPURINOL 86 85 45 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 81 46 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81 70 46 20
ROPINIROLE HCL 79 63 48 87
JANUVIA 77 77 49 83
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 76 64 50 54
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 70 51 55
BUMETANIDE 75 75 51 82
PLAVIX 73 64 53 63
DIGOXIN 72 68 54 40
LEVOXYL 71 59 55 173
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 69 57 56 12
SOTALOL 67 67 57 150
DIOVAN 65 61 58 56
LOVASTATIN 55 55 59 43
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 55 46 59 57
GLIMEPIRIDE 53 53 61 37
TRAZODONE HCL 53 41 61 42
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 52 46 63 164
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 44 63 24
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 July 10, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.