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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,913Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 233 out of 972

$544K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 276 out of 972

435 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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 435 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 435 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 8,435 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

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
SIMVASTATIN 598 499 1 2
LISINOPRIL 460 397 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 400 353 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 267 200 4 5
ATENOLOL 262 230 5 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 247 202 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 239 165 7 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 225 206 8 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 224 202 9 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 203 162 10 16
LOVASTATIN 189 166 11 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 175 152 12 9
FAMOTIDINE 168 143 13 73
GABAPENTIN 162 130 14 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 157 134 15 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 156 125 16 31
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 151 142 17 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 146 104 18 17
FELODIPINE ER 139 117 19 145
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 134 88 S3 20 6
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 118 20 43
KLOR-CON 10 133 113 22 68
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 125 70 23 13
GLIPIZIDE 120 116 24 59
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 116 88 25 20
RANITIDINE HCL 116 85 25 24
METFORMIN HCL ER 114 58 27 62
ALLOPURINOL 113 105 28 28
TRAMADOL HCL 105 89 29 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 100 74 30 23
SERTRALINE HCL 100 86 30 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 78 32 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 83 78 33 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 83 70 33 19
CARVEDILOL 81 52 35 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 54 36 32
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 78 39 37 86
NEXIUM 70 51 38 30
CRESTOR 66 58 39 33
CYMBALTA 64 54 40 49
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63 34 41 107
INSULIN SYRINGE 63 43 41 84
METFORMIN HCL 61 32 43 8
DIGOXIN 60 60 44 52
NIFEDIPINE ER 60 58 44 116
HUMALOG 57 26 46 150
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 45 46 60
IBUPROFEN 56 30 48 92
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 52 49 27
FINASTERIDE 54 44 49 77
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 49 49 61
HUMULIN 70-30 53 36 52 225
PEN NEEDLE 52 28 53 99
CLOPIDOGREL 52 44 53 37
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 51 51 55 50
OXYCODONE HCL 50 50 S2 56 112
PREDNISONE 50 47 56 40
COLCRYS 50 35 56 299
GLIMEPIRIDE 50 31 56 34
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 Sept. 17, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.