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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,526Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 100 out of 972

$848K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 92 out of 972

677 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

9% of this provider’s 677 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 677 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,407 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$55 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 831 396 S3 1 6
LISINOPRIL 555 452 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 475 378 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 454 395 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 348 256 5 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 337 297 6 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 333 304 7 4
SERTRALINE HCL 322 231 8 25
METFORMIN HCL 284 238 9 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 283 259 10 10
FUROSEMIDE 273 203 11 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 257 177 12 23
LOVASTATIN 236 202 13 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 219 172 14 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 204 171 15 16
ATENOLOL 203 160 16 18
GABAPENTIN 201 137 17 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 196 181 18 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 191 143 19 12
TRAMADOL HCL 184 153 20 15
NEXIUM 149 70 21 30
PREDNISONE 148 121 22 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 146 118 23 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 144 127 24 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 139 116 25 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 137 114 26 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 132 90 27 31
CYMBALTA 132 65 27 49
DIOVAN 129 129 29 48
CLONIDINE HCL 126 106 30 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 122 116 31 43
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 117 39 R 32 53
BUPROPION HCL SR 116 97 33 148
TAMSULOSIN HCL 109 95 34 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 107 92 35 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 70 36 45
TIZANIDINE HCL 104 49 37 143
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 103 0 S2 38 142
PEN NEEDLE 103 72 38 99
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 100 99 40 74
METOLAZONE 94 86 41 186
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 93 79 R 42 58
CARVEDILOL 92 92 43 21
PROAIR HFA 90 74 44 47
AZITHROMYCIN 90 61 44 42
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 88 51 S2 46 106
CARISOPRODOL 88 0 R 46 110
LEVOFLOXACIN 88 73 46 98
RANITIDINE HCL 85 42 49 24
SYNTHROID 82 59 50 51
BUMETANIDE 80 64 51 173
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 79 57 52 86
GLIPIZIDE 75 49 53 59
COMBIVENT 74 34 54 94
TRAZODONE HCL 74 27 54 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 72 62 56 63
CITALOPRAM HBR 71 52 57 19
ALLOPURINOL 70 67 58 28
QUINAPRIL HCL 70 59 58 95
GLYBURIDE 68 55 R 60 70
PREMARIN 65 52 R 61 153
SPIRIVA 64 41 62 56
CLOPIDOGREL 63 56 63 37
PAROXETINE HCL 63 43 63 64
ESTRADIOL 61 37 R 65 167
DIOVAN HCT 60 52 66 122
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 59 49 67 109
EVISTA 56 56 68 127
LIPITOR 55 35 69 90
LANTUS 55 36 69 44
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 17 71 72
NYSTATIN 52 37 72 156
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 52 72 26
MELOXICAM 52 47 72 36
LUNESTA 52 31 72 232
TRICOR 51 42 76 91
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 50 35 77 82
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 50 38 77 321
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 April 28, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.