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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,939Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 232 out of 972

$481K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 339 out of 972

330 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
47%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

9% of this provider’s 330 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

38% of this provider’s 330 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 4,297 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 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 Missouri
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 739 172 S3 1 6
CARISOPRODOL 342 30 R 2 110
ATENOLOL 333 227 3 18
GABAPENTIN 325 57 4 14
RANITIDINE HCL 312 92 5 24
OMEPRAZOLE 284 93 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 248 116 7 8
AZITHROMYCIN 194 95 8 42
TRAMADOL HCL 191 100 9 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 182 109 10 13
LISINOPRIL 168 98 11 1
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 163 62 12 32
SIMVASTATIN 154 37 13 2
MELOXICAM 148 94 14 36
FUROSEMIDE 136 73 15 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 133 61 16 34
LOVASTATIN 133 68 16 22
NEXIUM 126 66 18 30
PROAIR HFA 120 37 19 47
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 118 54 20 9
TRAZODONE HCL 105 41 21 35
CYMBALTA 103 0 22 49
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 102 63 23 3
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 100 13 24 83
CLONIDINE HCL 99 13 25 57
ENDOCET 99 20 S2 25 175
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 96 40 27 119
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 96 48 27 11
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 91 46 R 29 58
CITALOPRAM HBR 91 20 29 19
SUCRALFATE 88 30 31 180
NAPROXEN 87 0 32 71
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 86 53 33 4
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 26 34 29
NALBUPHINE HCL 83 11 10 35 424
PREDNISONE 83 37 35 40
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 82 27 R 37 53
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 48 37 45
COMBIVENT 80 28 39 94
MIRTAZAPINE 77 0 40 46
ALLOPURINOL 76 36 41 28
PROMETHAZINE HCL 75 15 R 42 154
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 31 42 72
AMOXICILLIN 73 23 44 121
FLUOXETINE HCL 72 24 45 60
PAROXETINE HCL 71 23 46 64
SPIRIVA 70 21 47 56
CLOPIDOGREL 69 28 48 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 42 48 10
CARVEDILOL 67 45 50 21
GEMFIBROZIL 67 29 50 93
SERTRALINE HCL 66 25 52 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 63 41 53 12
VENTOLIN HFA 63 11 53 162
CELEBREX 61 36 55 85
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 58 33 56 134
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 57 27 57 23
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 57 24 57 50
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 56 28 59 39
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 20 60 109
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 54 26 61 117
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 0 61 97
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 50 44 63 130
PRENATAL PLUS 50 0 63 218
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 Sept. 20, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.