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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,269Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 198

$1.32M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 198

894 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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 Nebraska
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 894 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 894 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 19,637 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 Nebraska
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 885 768 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 554 530 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 543 487 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 538 518 4 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 525 496 5 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 486 442 6 19
SIMVASTATIN 436 410 7 2
CRESTOR 432 351 8 26
PREDNISONE 431 367 9 29
TRAMADOL HCL 425 365 10 15
FUROSEMIDE 380 332 11 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 367 351 12 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 334 328 13 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 330 295 14 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 327 314 15 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 321 268 16 9
BUMETANIDE 301 291 17 105
ALLOPURINOL 289 261 18 23
LISINOPRIL 280 268 19 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 273 262 20 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 261 185 S3 21 8
ATENOLOL 247 239 22 17
GABAPENTIN 236 207 23 14
METFORMIN HCL 231 228 24 13
SERTRALINE HCL 223 213 25 25
DIOVAN 216 215 26 34
CELEBREX 213 204 27 59
CARVEDILOL 195 189 28 24
NEXIUM 192 146 29 40
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 191 155 30 21
OXYCODONE HCL 184 110 S2 31 112
MELOXICAM 175 165 32 30
CLOPIDOGREL 174 163 33 42
CALCITRIOL 162 142 34 179
BYSTOLIC 160 152 35 58
DIGOXIN 158 154 36 43
VESICARE 157 152 37 77
DONEPEZIL HCL 154 146 38 28
LANTUS 153 130 39 46
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 147 143 40 126
GLIMEPIRIDE 146 130 41 35
TORSEMIDE 144 131 42 75
PLAVIX 142 135 43 66
SPIRONOLACTONE 142 125 43 37
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 134 45 38
BENICAR 139 127 45 100
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 127 122 47 32
BENAZEPRIL HCL 120 107 48 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 118 111 49 39
CLONIDINE HCL 117 101 50 52
SYNTHROID 115 101 51 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111 91 52 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 110 97 53 47
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 108 74 R 54 67
LYRICA 107 88 55 91
MIRTAZAPINE 102 97 56 44
HYDRALAZINE HCL 99 95 57 111
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 83 58 16
LIPITOR 97 80 58 116
CYMBALTA 96 80 60 48
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 96 77 60 41
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 86 62 49
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 92 84 63 90
CITALOPRAM HBR 91 82 64 20
PEN NEEDLE 86 72 65 114
JANUVIA 85 85 66 86
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 83 67 60
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 81 63 68 76
MECLIZINE HCL 81 77 68 129
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 55 S2 68 79
PROPRANOLOL HCL 80 68 71 92
INSULIN SYRINGE 79 67 72 95
AMIODARONE HCL 78 78 73 119
PROAIR HFA 77 41 74 80
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 76 40 R 75 69
NAMENDA 75 68 76 33
PAROXETINE HCL 75 64 76 65
BENICAR HCT 75 63 76 175
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 72 65 79 85
PREMARIN 67 54 R 80 101
FLUOXETINE HCL 66 41 81 78
FAMOTIDINE 66 66 81 57
ACTOS 65 62 83 115
AZITHROMYCIN 64 52 84 56
LANSOPRAZOLE 64 55 84 166
TRICOR 63 49 86 93
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 53 87 55
FINASTERIDE 58 58 88 94
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 57 89 53
FENOFIBRATE 57 55 89 61
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 54 91 51
TERAZOSIN HCL 56 44 91 102
DIOVAN HCT 55 46 93 88
LEVOXYL 54 54 94 147
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 54 50 94 167
HUMALOG 52 51 96 128
NIASPAN 52 52 96 138
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 48 98 74
WELCHOL 50 45 98 139
RANITIDINE HCL 50 45 98 54
SPIRIVA 50 36 98 63
RAMIPRIL 50 39 98 72
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.