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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,930Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 288

$645K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 288

626 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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

5% of this provider’s 626 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 626 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,118 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

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 773 686 1 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 624 563 2 16
OMEPRAZOLE 532 481 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 490 455 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 482 442 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 423 401 6 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 395 360 7 8
LISINOPRIL 374 370 8 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 346 317 9 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 322 217 S3 10 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 300 294 11 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 293 276 12 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 276 261 13 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 233 215 14 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 222 210 15 24
TRAMADOL HCL 205 141 16 19
RANITIDINE HCL 170 134 17 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 168 157 18 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 166 166 19 29
CLOPIDOGREL 161 154 20 47
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 159 157 21 21
PREDNISONE 151 120 22 30
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 150 149 23 75
CARVEDILOL 140 140 24 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 131 123 25 42
MELOXICAM 128 97 26 44
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 127 122 27 62
LEVOFLOXACIN 127 106 27 80
GABAPENTIN 125 98 29 17
METFORMIN HCL 123 116 30 12
METFORMIN HCL ER 116 114 31 76
SPIRONOLACTONE 110 110 32 36
NAMENDA 109 109 33 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 107 105 34 72
SERTRALINE HCL 106 86 35 25
PLAVIX 104 101 36 71
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 101 101 37 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 101 91 37 40
NEXIUM 97 86 39 43
CEPHALEXIN 95 86 40 83
GLIMEPIRIDE 91 91 41 32
JANTOVEN 89 89 42 146
ALLOPURINOL 87 86 43 23
ATENOLOL 84 73 44 10
CRESTOR 82 71 45 26
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 78 53 46 38
DIOVAN 76 64 47 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 74 48 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 73 66 49 35
CEFDINIR 73 63 49 224
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 72 52 51 22
RAMIPRIL 70 60 52 101
PROAIR HFA 67 45 53 45
DILTIAZEM ER 67 64 53 102
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 64 55 55
DIGOXIN 65 65 55 51
ZETIA 64 44 57 58
CLONIDINE HCL 60 60 58 70
EVISTA 58 58 59 126
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 41 60 79
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 38 61 50
GLIPIZIDE 54 54 62 56
FAMOTIDINE 54 48 62 68
TRAZODONE HCL 53 20 64 37
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 47 64 113
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 44 64 52
FENTANYL 52 49 S2 67 57
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 39 68 81
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 44 68 74
GEMFIBROZIL 50 50 70 77
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. 2, 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.