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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,602Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 49 out of 972

$853K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 91 out of 972

539 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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

5% of this provider’s 539 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 539 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,070 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,577 850 S3 1 6
LISINOPRIL 691 599 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 559 449 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 542 483 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 501 400 5 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 409 363 6 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 396 363 7 4
SIMVASTATIN 388 316 8 2
CARVEDILOL 373 327 9 21
GABAPENTIN 371 263 10 14
TRAMADOL HCL 333 198 11 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 305 265 12 9
LOVASTATIN 295 245 13 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 292 263 14 16
ATENOLOL 292 234 14 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 254 234 16 13
RANITIDINE HCL 246 141 17 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 227 178 18 43
GLIMEPIRIDE 224 187 19 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 224 151 19 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 211 169 21 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 191 156 22 19
CLOPIDOGREL 190 160 23 37
METFORMIN HCL ER 189 171 24 62
NEXIUM 186 123 25 30
LANTUS 181 128 26 44
AMOXICILLIN 177 135 27 121
PLAVIX 170 140 28 55
CLONIDINE HCL 168 168 29 57
METFORMIN HCL 163 135 30 8
CYMBALTA 163 96 30 49
SERTRALINE HCL 162 139 32 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 151 135 33 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 146 146 34 26
LIPITOR 144 124 35 90
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 141 119 36 74
CARISOPRODOL 138 12 R 37 110
WARFARIN SODIUM 134 110 38 12
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 132 94 39 117
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 131 89 R 40 53
INSULIN SYRINGE 127 90 41 84
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 112 62 42 155
FLUOXETINE HCL 112 74 42 60
ROPINIROLE HCL 111 81 44 72
PROAIR HFA 109 56 45 47
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 97 45 61
ALLOPURINOL 108 93 47 28
BYSTOLIC 104 104 48 102
COMBIVENT 104 39 48 94
PREDNISONE 100 80 50 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 94 51 29
CEFADROXIL 97 76 52 309
NAMENDA 92 92 53 38
DIGOXIN 91 91 54 52
CRESTOR 91 82 54 33
BUSPIRONE HCL 86 66 56 105
MECLIZINE HCL 85 81 57 184
NOVOLIN 70-30 85 42 57 213
NABUMETONE 84 58 59 200
JANUVIA 84 83 59 75
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 52 61 31
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 81 74 62 83
RAMIPRIL 75 68 63 101
TRICOR 74 53 64 91
RISPERIDONE 72 60 65 76
DIOVAN 71 63 66 48
GLYBURIDE 71 48 R 66 70
KLOR-CON 10 70 58 68 68
DILTIAZEM ER 70 49 68 129
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 62 68 54
SINGULAIR 69 0 71 81
AZITHROMYCIN 64 48 72 42
MEGESTROL ACETATE 64 64 R 72 195
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 58 74 41
ETODOLAC 61 36 74 241
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 54 76 63
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 41 77 32
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 58 37 R 78 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 45 78 27
NAPROXEN 57 44 80 71
ZETIA 56 51 81 79
AGGRENOX 54 54 82 197
SPIRIVA 54 48 82 56
IBUPROFEN 53 39 84 92
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52 52 85 65
LANOXIN 51 39 86 400
TRAZODONE HCL 50 36 87 35
XOPENEX HFA 50 32 87 269
LEVETIRACETAM 50 50 87 111
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 April 1, 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.