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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,124Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 1206

$549K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 125 out of 1206

498 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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

3% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 498 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 14,173 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

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 647 630 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 592 564 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 542 486 3 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 512 475 4 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 511 490 5 12
FUROSEMIDE 506 481 6 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 484 480 7 6
LISINOPRIL 392 354 8 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 356 338 9 13
ATENOLOL 342 334 10 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 327 325 11 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 278 265 12 16
TRAMADOL HCL 273 251 13 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 265 263 14 20
BENAZEPRIL HCL 260 258 15 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 258 258 16 8
METFORMIN HCL 221 193 17 10
GLIPIZIDE 177 144 18 64
DIGOXIN 171 167 19 43
DIOVAN 158 143 20 57
MIRTAZAPINE 157 140 21 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 155 152 22 29
RANITIDINE HCL 155 139 22 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 146 24 11
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 148 135 25 40
NEXIUM 143 113 26 47
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 134 134 27 33
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 125 125 28 70
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 125 125 28 45
CLOPIDOGREL 124 109 30 48
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 123 119 31 67
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 121 114 32 31
NAMENDA 120 117 33 36
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 117 113 S3 34 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 105 105 35 21
PLAVIX 103 92 36 72
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 102 101 37 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 98 38 26
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 100 96 39 68
GABAPENTIN 99 78 40 18
CEPHALEXIN 99 90 40 62
ALLOPURINOL 94 80 42 24
CARVEDILOL 92 91 43 32
TRAZODONE HCL 91 82 44 37
CRESTOR 89 82 45 30
LANTUS 88 71 46 38
PAROXETINE HCL 88 71 46 53
VERAPAMIL ER 88 84 46 97
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 79 49 42
PREDNISONE 83 81 50 28
JANTOVEN 78 77 51 95
PREMARIN 72 63 R 52 147
RISPERIDONE 72 72 52 74
PROAIR HFA 68 64 54 49
RAMIPRIL 67 67 55 96
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 58 56 61
SUCRALFATE 62 50 57 143
AZITHROMYCIN 55 53 58 46
GLIPIZIDE ER 54 54 59 99
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 51 59 78
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 39 61 75
KLOR-CON 10 51 43 62 93
GLYBURIDE 51 51 R 62 69
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 46 64 82
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 Feb. 10, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.