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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,659Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 94 out of 198

$274K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 114 out of 198

336 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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
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this specialty
in Nebraska
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 336 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 336 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 6,457 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 299 297 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 292 287 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 266 255 3 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 241 235 4 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 212 5 16
ATENOLOL 213 209 6 17
OMEPRAZOLE 206 199 7 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 181 181 8 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 170 160 9 7
FUROSEMIDE 168 164 10 5
METFORMIN HCL 160 147 11 13
GABAPENTIN 150 148 12 14
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 149 148 13 32
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 149 149 S3 13 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 141 133 15 10
LISINOPRIL 116 112 16 6
PREDNISONE 106 103 17 29
SERTRALINE HCL 103 103 18 25
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 92 90 19 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 92 90 19 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 91 87 21 9
TRAMADOL HCL 90 90 22 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 67 65 23 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 66 24 21
DIGOXIN 62 59 25 43
MIRTAZAPINE 61 60 26 44
ALLOPURINOL 59 59 27 23
PAROXETINE HCL 58 56 28 65
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 56 29 18
MELOXICAM 53 53 30 30
LOVASTATIN 53 53 30 70
NEXIUM 53 45 30 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 52 52 33 22
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 9, 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.