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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,928Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 73

$525K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 73

388 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

5% of this provider’s 388 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 388 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 35%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,266 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $42 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


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 545 479 1 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 463 438 2 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 364 342 3 11
SIMVASTATIN 353 295 4 6
FUROSEMIDE 330 299 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 287 229 6 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 286 258 7 7
LISINOPRIL 268 237 8 8
JANTOVEN 221 173 9 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 216 183 S3 10 2
METFORMIN HCL 203 182 11 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 192 170 12 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 175 149 13 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 158 157 14 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 146 122 15 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 128 16 21
TRAMADOL HCL 121 111 17 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 117 117 18 43
CRESTOR 116 101 19 44
WARFARIN SODIUM 112 106 20 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 110 106 21 24
ATENOLOL 100 100 22 12
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 98 86 23 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 97 79 24 51
ALLOPURINOL 95 95 25 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 84 26 54
RANITIDINE HCL 93 70 27 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 91 77 28 27
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 85 85 29 58
TERAZOSIN HCL 78 78 30 60
AZITHROMYCIN 75 62 31 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 72 32 61
ACTOS 73 58 32 61
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 70 64 34 26
NAMENDA 69 69 35 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 66 36 29
ETODOLAC 66 63 36 64
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 65 53 38 65
DIGOXIN 64 64 39 31
TRICOR 63 36 40 68
BENAZEPRIL HCL 63 45 40 40
GABAPENTIN 61 48 42 20
GLIPIZIDE 61 48 42 71
CLOPIDOGREL 60 60 44 45
LOPERAMIDE 58 58 45 76
FENOFIBRATE 57 40 46 77
LANTUS 56 56 47 78
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 44 R 47 45
FENTANYL 54 54 S2 49 79
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 21 50 19
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 Jan. 17, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.