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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,978Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 288

$713K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 288

597 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 597 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 597 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,490 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 Iowa
OMEPRAZOLE 959 812 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 793 684 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 784 715 3 5
ATENOLOL 715 633 4 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 644 592 5 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 638 583 6 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 583 545 7 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 461 377 8 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 439 344 S3 9 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 428 381 10 6
LISINOPRIL 423 376 11 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 413 390 12 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 348 324 13 35
METFORMIN HCL 317 261 14 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 285 270 15 16
MELOXICAM 268 216 16 44
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 259 236 17 21
GLYBURIDE 238 215 R 18 59
GABAPENTIN 221 196 19 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 220 188 20 22
SERTRALINE HCL 216 188 21 25
PAROXETINE HCL 214 207 22 54
CITALOPRAM HBR 199 169 23 18
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 194 139 24 196
ALLOPURINOL 186 178 25 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 181 163 26 14
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 176 171 27 78
PREDNISONE 171 165 28 30
RANITIDINE HCL 160 107 29 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 152 140 30 29
GEMFIBROZIL 148 98 31 77
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 147 145 32 38
CYMBALTA 143 118 33 67
TRAZODONE HCL 140 104 34 37
KLOR-CON 10 134 119 35 66
ZETIA 134 112 35 58
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 132 120 37 15
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 130 123 38 69
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 130 130 38 40
CLOPIDOGREL 129 118 40 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 128 115 41 20
DIGOXIN 120 120 42 51
GLIPIZIDE 118 100 43 56
HYDRALAZINE HCL 116 103 44 95
SPIRONOLACTONE 115 88 45 36
LANTUS 111 84 46 31
AGGRENOX 109 107 47 136
ROPINIROLE HCL 105 105 48 74
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 100 72 S3 49 171
PLAVIX 99 92 50 71
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 97 80 R 51 65
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 96 88 52 123
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 95 95 53 290
CLONIDINE HCL 94 89 54 70
FLUOXETINE HCL 88 68 55 64
PROPRANOLOL HCL 88 82 55 90
NAMENDA 87 87 57 39
DILTIAZEM ER 83 61 58 102
CARVEDILOL 83 80 58 27
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 81 72 60 128
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 80 75 61 92
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 77 49 R 62 73
NITROSTAT 76 65 63 156
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 76 63 34
LOVASTATIN 76 72 63 46
SPIRIVA 74 74 66 48
VERAPAMIL ER 72 70 67 97
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 71 71 68 75
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 63 68 41
TRAMADOL HCL 70 58 70 19
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 70 51 70 122
INSULIN SYRINGE 69 48 72 79
BUSPIRONE HCL 69 54 72 135
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 49 74 62
AMOXICILLIN 65 58 75 118
PROAIR HFA 63 56 76 45
MIRTAZAPINE 62 60 77 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 45 78 24
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 54 78 72
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 52 80 113
AZITHROMYCIN 59 49 81 49
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 27 82 94
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 20 S2 82 109
NADOLOL 54 41 84 209
SINGULAIR 54 39 84 86
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 54 84 28
LYRICA 54 45 84 114
CEPHALEXIN 53 46 88 83
TRILIPIX 52 52 89 267
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 52 38 89 346
CILOSTAZOL 51 51 91 351
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 50 45 92 176
KLOR-CON M20 50 50 92 110
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 May 22, 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.