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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,271Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 972

$1.55M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 972

460 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
24%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 6,422 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

53 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,049 227 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 963 273 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 766 204 S3 3 6
RANITIDINE HCL 710 91 4 24
TRICOR 644 56 10 5 91
LISINOPRIL 572 191 6 1
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 554 108 7 146
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 507 106 8 10
FUROSEMIDE 487 239 9 7
OMEPRAZOLE 465 112 10 5
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 445 68 R 11 135
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 381 101 12 13
RISPERIDONE 376 117 13 76
METFORMIN HCL 375 111 14 8
CLONIDINE HCL 371 71 15 57
NAPROXEN 362 64 16 71
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 304 138 17 4
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 287 40 18 96
WARFARIN SODIUM 259 163 19 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 241 108 20 19
PROPRANOLOL HCL 237 0 21 118
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 231 34 22 97
LANTUS 231 92 22 44
CLOZAPINE 223 0 24 212
SERTRALINE HCL 223 100 24 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 222 65 26 23
IBUPROFEN 219 32 27 92
TRAZODONE HCL 214 50 28 35
RISPERDAL CONSTA 210 29 29 247
TAMSULOSIN HCL 209 72 30 29
FAMOTIDINE 206 51 31 73
NOVOLIN 70-30 204 66 32 213
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 199 44 33 11
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 199 27 10 33 330
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 197 32 35 83
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 195 87 36 9
COMBIVENT 190 22 37 94
NOVOLIN R 184 71 38 185
NAMENDA 180 117 39 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 180 135 39 26
KLOR-CON M20 177 81 41 78
PRENATAL PLUS 167 25 42 218
GLIPIZIDE ER 141 52 43 103
ABILIFY 140 25 44 137
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 139 16 45 140
OLANZAPINE 137 31 46 149
HALOPERIDOL 136 30 47 168
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 136 17 47 31
LAMOTRIGINE 133 0 49 174
LOVASTATIN 130 61 50 22
INSULIN SYRINGE 129 49 51 84
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 125 68 52 16
CARBAMAZEPINE 124 0 53 203
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 122 23 R 54 275
SINGLE USE SWAB 119 62 55 298
KLOR-CON M10 113 39 56 178
FLUOXETINE HCL 113 0 56 60
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 112 42 58 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 110 0 59 45
CYMBALTA 106 26 60 49
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE 106 0 60 285
PROAIR HFA 105 0 62 47
GABAPENTIN 105 34 62 14
TOPIRAMATE 104 13 64 126
LIPITOR 101 0 65 90
LEVETIRACETAM 99 0 66 111
PREMARIN 98 18 R 67 153
MIRTAZAPINE 96 31 68 46
BUSPIRONE HCL 95 23 69 105
LITHIUM CARBONATE 91 12 70 271
DIGOXIN 91 79 70 52
GEMFIBROZIL 91 23 70 93
NIASPAN 89 0 73 144
MELOXICAM 86 14 74 36
SEROQUEL 82 21 75 164
LACTULOSE 80 17 76 211
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 79 11 77 20
PAROXETINE HCL 79 14 77 64
ALLOPURINOL 78 37 79 28
FENOFIBRATE 74 0 80 66
DETROL LA 74 48 80 170
KETOCONAZOLE 74 19 80 226
GLIPIZIDE 74 20 80 59
GLYBURIDE 70 23 R 84 70
NEXIUM 70 18 84 30
BUPROPION HCL SR 69 0 86 148
INVEGA 68 0 87 300
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 68 17 87 107
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 40 87 65
KLOR-CON 10 64 15 90 68
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 64 24 90 387
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 21 92 41
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 62 0 R 93 226
TRAMADOL HCL 61 0 94 15
LUNESTA 61 14 94 232
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 58 12 96 360
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 58 12 96 169
CARVEDILOL 57 36 98 21
FLOVENT HFA 57 18 98 240
ATENOLOL 56 0 100 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 45 101 17
JANUVIA 54 20 102 75
NYSTOP 54 15 102 220
ZYPREXA 53 17 104 340
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 24 104 39
LOPERAMIDE 52 13 106 261
PHENYTOIN 52 0 106 356
MEGESTROL ACETATE 50 18 R 108 195
OXCARBAZEPINE 50 0 108 244
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 25, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.