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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,638Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 56 out of 972

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 64 out of 972

638 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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

10% of this provider’s 638 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 638 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,453 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 714 631 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 609 567 2 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 584 458 S3 3 6
LISINOPRIL 563 528 4 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 441 439 5 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 391 369 6 12
SIMVASTATIN 390 338 7 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 390 373 7 4
GABAPENTIN 377 282 9 14
NAMENDA 367 361 10 38
OMEPRAZOLE 310 238 11 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 307 299 12 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 247 240 13 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 239 201 14 13
MELOXICAM 231 215 15 36
NOVOLOG 221 209 16 100
MIRTAZAPINE 216 186 17 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 213 177 18 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 207 175 19 43
TRAMADOL HCL 204 167 20 15
KLOR-CON M20 202 198 21 78
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 195 168 22 128
METFORMIN HCL 190 184 23 8
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 177 168 24 132
CARVEDILOL 175 154 25 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 174 162 26 83
LANTUS 164 162 27 44
SERTRALINE HCL 157 126 28 25
GLIPIZIDE 154 140 29 59
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 153 149 30 169
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 152 149 31 17
TRAZODONE HCL 148 130 32 35
ATENOLOL 146 123 33 18
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 140 131 34 87
DIGOXIN 138 138 35 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 136 115 36 23
ALLOPURINOL 136 114 36 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 134 132 38 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 131 117 39 16
COUMADIN 125 117 40 196
CYMBALTA 115 114 41 49
PREDNISONE 106 105 42 40
CLOPIDOGREL 105 95 43 37
DIOVAN 101 98 44 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 100 86 45 31
DILTIAZEM ER 96 86 46 129
NYSTOP 90 85 47 220
AMOXICILLIN 89 78 48 121
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 88 81 49 11
BACLOFEN 87 39 50 123
RISPERIDONE 86 81 51 76
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 74 52 65
BUPROPION HCL SR 82 79 53 148
HYDRALAZINE HCL 82 81 53 69
LOVASTATIN 80 80 55 22
AMIODARONE HCL 75 63 56 165
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 72 57 10
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 51 57 45
PLAVIX 73 62 59 55
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 72 60 54
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 71 71 61 97
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 71 71 61 96
LACTULOSE 70 69 63 211
ACTOS 69 62 64 163
CEPHALEXIN 69 58 64 124
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 52 64 60
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 67 60 67 199
PAROXETINE HCL 67 63 67 64
METHOTREXATE 67 67 67 158
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 53 70 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 53 71 63
EVISTA 63 61 72 127
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 62 61 73 248
OXYCODONE HCL 62 50 S2 73 112
CLOZAPINE 61 61 75 212
LYRICA 58 58 76 113
FAMOTIDINE 57 55 77 73
COMBIVENT 56 25 78 94
BUSPIRONE HCL 56 47 78 105
ABILIFY 55 46 80 137
VERAPAMIL ER 54 54 81 108
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 54 54 81 146
OLANZAPINE 54 54 81 149
SEROQUEL XR 53 53 84 236
JANUVIA 53 39 84 75
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 52 34 S2 86 142
GLIPIZIDE ER 52 38 86 103
CLONIDINE HCL 52 52 86 57
EXELON 51 51 89 125
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 47 90 74
KLOR-CON M10 50 50 90 178
PROAIR HFA 50 25 90 47
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 June 2, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.