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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,539Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 40 out of 324

$872K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 324

495 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 495 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 495 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,604 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 Kansas
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 765 659 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 545 485 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 389 348 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 318 276 4 7
LISINOPRIL 308 297 5 3
MELOXICAM 277 192 6 29
OMEPRAZOLE 265 237 7 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 230 205 8 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 219 191 S3 9 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 198 176 10 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 184 173 11 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 181 146 12 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 172 131 13 8
FENTANYL 165 149 S2 14 64
EVISTA 165 135 14 116
GABAPENTIN 162 155 16 13
METFORMIN HCL 158 104 17 9
NIASPAN 154 102 18 123
NEXIUM 141 73 19 33
SYNTHROID 139 139 20 30
ALLOPURINOL 128 116 21 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 126 126 22 21
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 122 111 23 114
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 119 103 24 12
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 115 96 25 49
METFORMIN HCL ER 114 103 26 74
CITALOPRAM HBR 111 101 27 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 103 100 28 25
SERTRALINE HCL 99 83 29 23
CARVEDILOL 98 95 30 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 86 31 24
LIDODERM 94 85 32 110
NAMENDA 90 90 33 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 88 88 34 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 84 84 35 69
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 83 83 36 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 82 47 37 34
DETROL LA 81 44 38 155
DIOVAN 80 80 39 56
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 72 40 55
WARFARIN SODIUM 77 63 41 10
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 68 42 86
CRESTOR 74 62 43 28
TRAMADOL HCL 73 63 44 19
CYMBALTA 72 28 45 45
FAMOTIDINE 72 72 45 62
SINGULAIR 71 52 47 92
PROAIR HFA 71 55 47 50
IRBESARTAN 69 69 49 318
KLOR-CON M20 69 69 49 52
BENAZEPRIL HCL 69 44 49 75
KLOR-CON M10 66 55 52 117
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 65 53 44
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 63 33 54 125
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 62 55 91
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 61 56 87
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 61 40 56 143
ATENOLOL 61 48 56 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 59 55 59 26
AGGRENOX 58 58 60 162
KLOR-CON 10 57 54 61 189
BUMETANIDE 56 53 62 82
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 45 62 88
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 51 62 61
AZITHROMYCIN 54 47 65 48
CELEBREX 54 35 65 96
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 40 67 84
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 49 67 46
MIRTAZAPINE 52 52 69 41
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 50 70 47
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 Nov. 10, 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.