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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,407Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 288

$503K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 70 out of 288

590 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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

3% of this provider’s 590 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 590 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,271 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$31 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
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 870 840 1 13
SIMVASTATIN 859 804 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 736 686 3 3
ATENOLOL 692 651 4 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 626 578 5 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 625 593 6 8
FUROSEMIDE 588 559 7 5
LISINOPRIL 529 491 8 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 493 481 9 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 461 455 10 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 415 415 11 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 409 381 12 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 304 298 13 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 296 283 14 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 261 256 15 16
LOVASTATIN 206 206 16 46
PREDNISONE 199 188 17 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 176 176 18 35
LANTUS 175 147 19 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 172 170 20 42
DIGOXIN 172 155 20 51
ALLOPURINOL 168 158 22 23
AZITHROMYCIN 165 145 23 49
METFORMIN HCL 160 146 24 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 159 142 S3 25 7
KLOR-CON 10 151 145 26 66
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 142 142 27 20
PAROXETINE HCL 139 130 28 54
GABAPENTIN 138 123 29 17
TRAZODONE HCL 133 101 30 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 126 126 31 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 105 101 32 62
TRAMADOL HCL 103 87 33 19
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 95 72 34 28
GLIPIZIDE 94 79 35 56
PROAIR HFA 93 91 36 45
MIRTAZAPINE 92 69 37 60
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 81 38 64
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 88 83 R 39 65
CITALOPRAM HBR 83 64 40 18
INSULIN SYRINGE 80 70 41 79
SERTRALINE HCL 74 68 42 25
METFORMIN HCL ER 72 72 43 76
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 67 44 50
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 69 69 44 133
DIOVAN 67 50 46 53
BENICAR 65 65 47 151
AMOXICILLIN 61 58 48 118
SPIRONOLACTONE 61 56 48 36
RANITIDINE HCL 60 49 50 33
NAMENDA 59 59 51 39
PREMARIN 59 59 R 51 143
VERAPAMIL ER 58 43 53 97
NOVOLIN 70-30 55 43 54 250
CARVEDILOL 55 50 54 27
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 54 53 56 123
CLOPIDOGREL 52 52 57 47
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 52 57 78
NEXIUM 52 52 57 43
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 48 60 80
CRESTOR 50 50 60 26
IRBESARTAN 50 39 60 199
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 March 7, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.