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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,053Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 972

$1.29M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 37 out of 972

841 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

6% of this provider’s 841 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 841 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 18,957 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% 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 $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,031 910 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 982 686 S3 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 604 544 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 531 477 4 2
LISINOPRIL 500 432 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 478 406 6 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 463 425 7 12
CRESTOR 418 335 8 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 407 372 9 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 406 347 10 17
OMEPRAZOLE 368 296 11 5
GABAPENTIN 342 243 12 14
NEXIUM 336 260 13 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 314 278 14 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 304 286 15 16
METFORMIN HCL ER 297 250 16 62
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 295 283 17 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 292 250 18 34
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 287 260 19 32
ATENOLOL 279 272 20 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 271 249 21 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 255 212 22 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 253 216 23 11
MELOXICAM 232 147 24 36
CYMBALTA 215 147 25 49
CEFADROXIL 215 192 25 309
SERTRALINE HCL 211 180 27 25
ALLOPURINOL 209 166 28 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 203 149 29 23
CARVEDILOL 191 142 30 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 191 152 30 67
METFORMIN HCL 189 165 32 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 189 189 32 26
FENOFIBRATE 187 148 34 66
CLOPIDOGREL 174 128 35 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 171 160 36 65
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 169 139 37 61
SPIRONOLACTONE 161 154 38 54
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 160 140 39 155
DIGOXIN 156 156 40 52
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 143 130 41 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 135 100 42 60
TRAMADOL HCL 133 114 43 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 130 118 44 29
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 126 86 R 45 58
BYSTOLIC 120 108 46 102
PLAVIX 120 97 46 55
AZITHROMYCIN 118 95 48 42
ADVAIR DISKUS 115 97 49 45
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 108 48 R 50 53
CLONIDINE HCL 106 98 51 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 106 51 43
NAMENDA 104 104 53 38
RANITIDINE HCL 104 70 53 24
PREDNISONE 104 96 53 40
SYNTHROID 102 102 56 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 99 83 57 31
LANTUS 99 47 57 44
ROPINIROLE HCL 97 76 59 72
IRBESARTAN 96 96 60 337
TRICOR 95 54 61 91
SPIRIVA 94 75 62 56
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 93 59 63 83
MIRTAZAPINE 92 88 64 46
ZETIA 91 69 65 79
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 88 66 10
SINGULAIR 90 50 66 81
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 90 77 66 27
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 88 69 69 63
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 87 69 70 119
DIOVAN 85 59 71 48
VESICARE 82 78 72 171
TRAZODONE HCL 80 48 73 35
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 80 55 73 86
CELEBREX 79 60 75 85
ACTOS 72 59 76 163
EVISTA 71 64 77 127
BUPROPION XL 71 63 77 191
LIPITOR 69 52 79 90
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 31 S2 79 106
PROAIR HFA 69 34 79 47
BENAZEPRIL HCL 63 63 82 88
PAROXETINE HCL 63 62 82 64
BENICAR 61 48 84 133
TORSEMIDE 60 55 85 131
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 59 59 86 50
KLOR-CON M20 58 42 87 78
DOXEPIN HCL 58 57 87 259
LEXAPRO 57 49 89 177
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 56 56 90 74
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 55 55 R 91 176
TIZANIDINE HCL 55 25 91 143
PROMETHAZINE HCL 55 18 R 91 154
INSULIN SYRINGE 55 27 91 84
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 54 46 95 199
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54 33 95 147
ZOSTAVAX 54 51 95 104
METHOCARBAMOL 52 48 R 98 222
AMIODARONE HCL 52 51 98 165
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 51 100 118
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 July 20, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.