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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,877Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 13

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 13

843 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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

6% of this provider’s 843 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 843 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 16,509 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 1,388 1,103 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 956 724 2 2
METFORMIN HCL 859 601 3 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 701 361 S3 4 11
BENAZEPRIL HCL 663 542 5 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 642 508 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 539 385 7 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 497 425 8 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 432 338 9 15
FUROSEMIDE 426 336 10 4
GABAPENTIN 413 241 11 16
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 361 297 12 20
ALLOPURINOL 351 286 13 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 333 260 14 8
ATENOLOL 294 247 15 12
TRAMADOL HCL 293 184 16 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 280 245 17 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 279 229 18 24
LISINOPRIL 274 206 19 5
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 270 234 20 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 229 163 21 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 225 121 22 13
FLUOXETINE HCL 216 162 23 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 205 180 24 19
DIOVAN 189 150 25 63
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 188 145 26 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 188 137 26 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 185 160 28 10
JANUVIA 176 129 29 68
EVISTA 175 157 30 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 165 128 31 71
PREDNISONE 163 142 32 38
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 159 44 R 33 42
PROAIR HFA 143 91 34 39
SPIRONOLACTONE 141 98 35 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 140 105 36 58
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 137 105 37 56
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 133 106 38 18
TRAZODONE HCL 126 74 39 44
NEXIUM 122 108 40 35
ACTOS 122 73 40 91
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 121 92 R 42 55
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 120 103 43 61
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 115 95 44 21
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 114 107 45 70
LOVASTATIN 113 100 46 34
LANTUS 108 60 47 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 106 73 48 46
PROPRANOLOL HCL 105 56 49 71
CLOPIDOGREL 102 94 50 63
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 102 70 50 96
KLOR-CON M20 100 85 52 98
SYNTHROID 99 92 53 99
CELEBREX 98 59 54 51
FENOFIBRATE 97 39 55 57
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 93 25 56 100
RANITIDINE HCL 92 61 57 28
LEVOFLOXACIN 90 63 58 80
TOPIRAMATE 90 20 58 102
NAMENDA 90 81 58 54
CEPHALEXIN 89 69 61 53
ADVAIR DISKUS 87 52 62 103
PEN NEEDLE 87 47 62 103
RISPERIDONE 87 67 62 29
CRESTOR 84 61 65 49
ABILIFY 83 40 66 105
PLAVIX 81 67 67 78
NIASPAN 78 39 68 108
SPIRIVA 78 48 68 62
NOVOLOG 75 25 70 110
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 45 71 37
EXELON 72 64 72 74
FAMOTIDINE 70 45 73 88
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 70 22 73 83
DILTIAZEM ER 70 67 73 89
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 69 51 76 113
IBUPROFEN 68 33 77 114
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 63 78 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 66 66 79 66
CEFDINIR 66 45 79 117
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 64 30 81 119
ZETIA 63 51 82 86
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 63 23 82 120
BYSTOLIC 62 58 84 92
VERAPAMIL ER 62 43 84 80
MIRTAZAPINE 61 49 86 86
AVODART 60 40 87 124
VYTORIN 58 45 88 126
FENTANYL 58 48 S2 88 65
METHADONE HCL 57 29 S2 90 130
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 56 32 R 91 132
TRICOR 55 13 92 79
KLOR-CON 10 55 48 92 76
SERTRALINE HCL 54 37 94 36
METOLAZONE 54 26 94 135
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 53 30 96 136
ACTOPLUS MET 52 41 97 137
NIFEDIPINE ER 52 52 97 95
CARVEDILOL 52 38 97 75
LEVEMIR 51 0 100 138
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 51 21 100 59
BUPROPION XL 50 29 102 142
JANUMET 50 33 102 142
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 June 26, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.