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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,541Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 105 out of 1206

$483K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 181 out of 1206

598 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

6% of this provider’s 598 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 598 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,878 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$39 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 510 462 S3 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 508 465 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 472 390 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 452 398 4 2
LISINOPRIL 290 274 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 278 262 6 5
ATENOLOL 261 240 7 14
METFORMIN HCL 247 242 8 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 221 181 9 8
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 213 201 10 40
CITALOPRAM HBR 211 162 11 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 186 148 12 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 182 182 13 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 181 177 14 12
MELOXICAM 178 163 15 35
TRAMADOL HCL 177 154 16 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 170 164 17 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 165 165 18 33
DIGOXIN 153 140 19 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 130 20 26
GABAPENTIN 133 120 21 18
RANITIDINE HCL 129 92 22 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 125 119 23 9
CARVEDILOL 124 114 24 32
CLOPIDOGREL 123 116 25 48
GLIMEPIRIDE 119 111 26 34
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 113 113 27 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 112 108 28 21
ALLOPURINOL 105 95 29 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 102 84 30 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 95 31 20
LANTUS 96 76 32 38
SPIRONOLACTONE 94 92 33 41
PROPRANOLOL HCL 90 75 34 92
MIRTAZAPINE 84 83 35 50
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 81 54 36 169
PLAVIX 80 76 37 72
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 39 38 52
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 79 76 38 68
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 75 75 40 13
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 72 67 41 131
LOVASTATIN 72 55 41 44
PREDNISONE 71 61 43 28
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 64 44 61
AZITHROMYCIN 68 62 45 46
TRAZODONE HCL 66 31 46 37
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 59 47 60
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 65 59 47 119
FENTANYL 64 62 S2 49 51
DILTIAZEM ER 63 63 50 83
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 63 50 11
NEXIUM 61 39 52 47
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 61 61 52 31
PAROXETINE HCL 61 56 52 53
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61 38 52 102
ACEBUTOLOL HCL 58 58 56 263
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 52 56 75
BUMETANIDE 56 49 58 101
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 54 59 77
HUMULIN 70-30 54 54 60 219
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 54 43 R 60 136
SYMBICORT 53 38 62 193
FENOFIBRATE 53 51 62 56
GEMFIBROZIL 52 52 64 71
PROAIR HFA 50 44 65 49
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 1, 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.