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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,810Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 43 out of 972

$1.42M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 972

925 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
12% 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

2% of this provider’s 925 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 925 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 19,666 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

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 1,396 1,308 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 741 692 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 680 622 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 607 593 4 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 571 528 5 11
METFORMIN HCL 536 490 6 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 519 514 7 13
LISINOPRIL 498 481 8 1
FUROSEMIDE 417 415 9 7
CRESTOR 390 375 10 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 386 351 11 23
TRAMADOL HCL 361 350 12 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 358 334 13 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 309 306 14 10
NEXIUM 245 240 15 30
SPIRONOLACTONE 235 229 16 54
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 234 210 17 39
ALLOPURINOL 219 215 18 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 212 203 19 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 198 182 20 9
SYNTHROID 191 186 21 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 188 186 22 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 185 185 23 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 177 165 24 16
GABAPENTIN 172 161 25 14
CARVEDILOL 168 166 26 21
JANUVIA 165 158 27 75
DIOVAN 162 157 28 48
AZITHROMYCIN 158 145 29 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 152 30 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 156 152 31 20
QUINAPRIL HCL 155 155 32 95
ATENOLOL 149 146 33 18
KLOR-CON M20 136 123 34 78
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 134 134 35 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 133 127 36 41
FELODIPINE ER 132 120 37 145
SERTRALINE HCL 129 128 38 25
LIPITOR 129 127 38 90
PREDNISONE 127 125 40 40
ESTRADIOL 124 118 R 41 167
GLIMEPIRIDE 122 103 42 34
DIGOXIN 120 120 43 52
EVISTA 106 106 44 127
NAMENDA 106 106 44 38
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 102 87 46 86
FINASTERIDE 102 102 46 77
BUMETANIDE 102 102 46 173
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 99 95 S3 49 6
METFORMIN HCL ER 97 67 50 62
BENICAR 96 96 51 133
CLOPIDOGREL 96 95 51 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 88 53 31
PREMARIN 93 93 R 54 153
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 91 82 55 65
LANSOPRAZOLE 89 81 56 210
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 89 87 56 292
MELOXICAM 88 86 58 36
CELEBREX 87 76 59 85
PLAVIX 85 85 60 55
ZETIA 80 80 61 79
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 74 62 63
DIOVAN HCT 78 78 62 122
LOVASTATIN 75 67 64 22
FORTICAL 75 75 64 355
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 74 74 66 74
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 73 71 67 67
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 71 71 R 68 58
RAMIPRIL 71 60 68 101
MIRTAZAPINE 68 68 70 46
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 64 64 71 82
PEN NEEDLE 64 58 71 99
LEVOFLOXACIN 64 57 71 98
CLONIDINE HCL 64 63 71 57
SPIRIVA 63 54 75 56
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 61 76 61
PROPRANOLOL HCL 62 62 76 118
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 57 78 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 51 79 32
GLIPIZIDE 56 56 80 59
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 55 81 72
VYTORIN 52 52 82 151
GEMFIBROZIL 51 44 83 93
LYRICA 50 45 84 113
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 Aug. 28, 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.