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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,427Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 214 out of 324

$248K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 216 out of 324

162 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
24% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 162 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 162 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 4,151 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% 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 $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 Kansas
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 239 220 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 161 155 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 154 154 3 4
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 139 139 4 24
OMEPRAZOLE 114 94 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 111 104 6 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 89 87 7 15
LANTUS 85 77 8 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 85 83 8 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 85 73 8 14
METFORMIN HCL 82 77 11 9
CARVEDILOL 80 75 12 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 77 77 13 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 76 76 14 16
LISINOPRIL 76 76 14 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 61 S3 16 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 75 75 16 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 75 75 16 49
BENAZEPRIL HCL 67 67 19 75
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 63 62 20 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 63 60 20 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 61 61 22 10
HUMALOG 57 57 23 103
LOVASTATIN 56 56 24 43
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 50 25 46
PREMARIN 54 53 R 26 122
NAMENDA 53 53 27 31
ATENOLOL 51 42 28 18
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 Jan. 22, 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.