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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,747Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 288

$755K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 288

592 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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 592 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 592 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,895 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 Iowa
OMEPRAZOLE 766 643 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 673 605 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 616 557 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 588 556 4 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 569 532 5 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 485 458 6 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 408 285 S3 7 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 372 349 8 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 359 327 9 11
LISINOPRIL 345 301 10 4
ATENOLOL 332 319 11 10
CARVEDILOL 313 294 12 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 307 297 13 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 287 277 14 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 262 244 15 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 239 202 16 24
BUMETANIDE 234 234 17 105
CITALOPRAM HBR 217 183 18 18
DIGOXIN 212 197 19 51
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 202 199 20 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 181 175 21 15
ZETIA 176 162 22 58
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 168 156 23 55
CRESTOR 168 142 23 26
TRAMADOL HCL 159 137 25 19
METFORMIN HCL 156 133 26 12
METFORMIN HCL ER 154 149 27 76
SPIRONOLACTONE 144 118 28 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 136 131 29 20
PROAIR HFA 131 64 30 45
ALLOPURINOL 129 129 31 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 126 123 32 35
BENAZEPRIL HCL 125 113 33 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 107 34 22
CLOPIDOGREL 108 91 35 47
PAROXETINE HCL 108 91 35 54
NAMENDA 106 106 37 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 106 106 37 29
TERAZOSIN HCL 104 104 39 85
SPIRIVA 103 76 40 48
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 103 91 40 38
FENTANYL 98 96 S2 42 57
DIOVAN 92 88 43 53
PLAVIX 90 74 44 71
QUINAPRIL HCL 88 88 45 138
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 86 73 46 94
SOTALOL 85 85 47 190
SERTRALINE HCL 79 78 48 25
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 77 74 49 40
DILTIAZEM ER 77 77 49 102
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 63 51 28
GLIPIZIDE 74 74 52 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 61 53 41
GLYBURIDE 71 59 R 54 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 55 54 50
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 69 56 34
NEXIUM 69 68 57 43
RAMIPRIL 69 69 57 101
KLOR-CON 10 66 64 59 66
PREDNISONE 65 65 60 30
NOVOLOG 65 65 60 91
RANITIDINE HCL 63 61 62 33
GABAPENTIN 62 38 63 17
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 61 55 64 81
HUMALOG 60 51 65 117
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 59 66 75
VYTORIN 58 58 67 150
FENOFIBRATE 57 57 68 61
ROPINIROLE HCL 56 44 69 74
VERAPAMIL ER 54 54 70 97
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 42 71 64
COMBIVENT 51 17 72 124
TRAZODONE HCL 51 39 72 37
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 Aug. 3, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.