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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,306Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 186 out of 1206

$625K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 76 out of 1206

481 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

9% of this provider’s 481 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 481 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 8,245 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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
OMEPRAZOLE 452 350 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 396 317 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 374 253 S3 3 7
SERTRALINE HCL 257 222 4 22
FUROSEMIDE 247 212 5 5
METFORMIN HCL 244 172 6 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 220 200 7 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 216 189 8 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 209 178 9 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 200 173 10 6
LISINOPRIL 187 157 11 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 157 129 12 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 145 126 13 9
GABAPENTIN 145 112 13 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 128 15 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 134 116 16 21
ATENOLOL 130 121 17 14
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 125 18 60
TRAMADOL HCL 123 116 19 17
MELOXICAM 119 99 20 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 102 21 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 103 22 27
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 98 64 23 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97 93 24 15
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 96 84 25 134
CITALOPRAM HBR 84 54 26 16
FENTANYL 82 69 S2 27 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 44 27 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 71 29 19
GLYBURIDE 81 70 R 29 69
OXYCODONE HCL 80 25 S2 31 107
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 78 68 32 42
RANITIDINE HCL 75 66 33 23
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 73 48 34 31
PREDNISONE 72 60 35 28
DIGOXIN 71 71 36 43
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 68 64 37 102
BUSPIRONE HCL 66 58 38 110
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 55 38 55
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 66 34 R 38 80
OXYCONTIN 64 38 S2 41 165
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 62 28 S2 42 114
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 58 27 S2 43 181
NAMENDA 57 44 44 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 57 44 44 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 56 44 46 29
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 56 46 46 104
CARVEDILOL 56 55 46 32
PROAIR HFA 54 33 49 49
LANTUS 54 53 49 38
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 53 42 51 68
PEN NEEDLE 53 41 51 121
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 34 53 89
PAROXETINE HCL 51 34 54 53
CRESTOR 51 32 54 30
PROPRANOLOL HCL 50 48 56 92
ALLOPURINOL 50 48 56 24
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. 21, 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.