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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,656Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 49 out of 324

$706K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 324

448 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

6% of this provider’s 448 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 448 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 9,735 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
SIMVASTATIN 584 481 1 1
LISINOPRIL 493 398 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 461 346 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 430 364 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 327 209 S3 5 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 258 192 6 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 242 230 7 10
FUROSEMIDE 240 169 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 226 197 9 4
METFORMIN HCL 212 121 10 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 205 173 11 17
TRAMADOL HCL 202 177 12 19
MELOXICAM 190 153 13 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 167 14 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 183 145 15 8
SERTRALINE HCL 170 170 16 23
NAMENDA 169 169 17 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 162 132 18 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 126 19 11
NEXIUM 144 85 19 33
GABAPENTIN 140 119 21 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 133 133 22 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 128 113 23 21
ALLOPURINOL 128 82 23 27
VYTORIN 112 100 25 140
ATENOLOL 108 77 26 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 108 107 26 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 101 90 28 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 99 76 29 26
DIGOXIN 99 64 29 40
CYMBALTA 96 69 31 45
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 91 35 32 114
PREMARIN 89 75 R 33 122
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 88 83 34 149
ZETIA 84 48 35 68
GLYBURIDE 80 60 R 36 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 56 37 61
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 77 53 37 57
BENICAR 76 75 39 160
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 76 47 R 39 192
TRAZODONE HCL 74 44 41 42
CARVEDILOL 72 41 42 22
DIOVAN 71 61 43 56
BENAZEPRIL HCL 71 60 43 75
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 71 61 43 78
AZITHROMYCIN 65 49 46 48
CELEBREX 65 65 46 96
DILTIAZEM ER 63 62 48 128
PREDNISONE 62 51 49 36
PAROXETINE HCL 58 25 50 72
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 58 40 50 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 58 33 50 65
LIPITOR 58 31 50 109
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 43 54 67
LEVETIRACETAM 55 43 55 120
FENTANYL 53 53 S2 56 64
BUMETANIDE 52 52 57 82
COMBIVENT 51 22 58 212
MIRTAZAPINE 50 50 59 41
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 20, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.