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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,136Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 198

$909K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 198

618 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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 Nebraska
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 618 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 618 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 20,303 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 Nebraska
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,022 932 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 977 872 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 920 824 3 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 772 764 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 718 697 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 687 627 6 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 563 541 7 11
PREDNISONE 414 383 8 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 402 383 9 12
LISINOPRIL 382 343 10 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 348 310 11 9
METFORMIN HCL 333 288 12 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 328 308 13 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 309 282 14 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 307 303 15 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 304 287 16 49
SPIRONOLACTONE 263 250 17 37
CARVEDILOL 260 249 18 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 260 230 18 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 256 250 20 10
GABAPENTIN 248 207 21 14
NEXIUM 239 218 22 40
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 233 202 S3 23 8
TRAMADOL HCL 225 213 24 15
ALLOPURINOL 216 201 25 23
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 214 189 26 41
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 199 27 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 208 207 28 16
KLOR-CON 10 206 183 29 131
EXELON 200 200 30 123
CRESTOR 178 171 31 26
MELOXICAM 176 176 32 30
BENAZEPRIL HCL 173 168 33 45
AZITHROMYCIN 172 159 34 56
MIRTAZAPINE 167 152 35 44
FENTANYL 166 151 S2 36 73
RANITIDINE HCL 161 135 37 54
SERTRALINE HCL 154 140 38 25
ROPINIROLE HCL 150 122 39 74
METOLAZONE 148 145 40 121
DIOVAN 136 135 41 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 133 126 42 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 133 124 42 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 131 129 44 28
DIGOXIN 127 127 45 43
ATENOLOL 126 124 46 17
PREMARIN 117 117 R 47 101
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 114 99 48 22
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 112 112 49 60
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 105 92 50 71
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 90 51 53
VENLAFAXINE HCL 101 101 52 235
EVISTA 98 98 53 104
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 98 63 53 143
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 96 96 R 55 173
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 95 95 56 141
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 92 57 55
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 93 93 58 51
VESICARE 93 80 58 77
LEVOFLOXACIN 92 79 60 81
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 90 90 61 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 90 77 61 31
LOVASTATIN 87 75 63 70
METFORMIN HCL ER 79 79 64 64
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 78 74 65 154
ESTRADIOL 78 67 R 65 172
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 72 S2 67 79
GLIMEPIRIDE 75 65 68 35
NAPROXEN 73 69 69 133
GLIPIZIDE 72 59 70 62
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 72 59 70 109
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 70 39 72 122
LIPITOR 68 55 73 116
DETROL LA 68 56 73 170
AMOXICILLIN 66 61 75 130
DIOVAN HCT 65 65 76 88
NAMENDA 65 65 76 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 64 52 78 99
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62 53 79 39
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 62 48 79 97
OXYCONTIN 61 27 S2 81 151
PAROXETINE HCL 61 56 81 65
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 59 83 90
TERAZOSIN HCL 59 48 84 102
CLONIDINE HCL 58 58 85 52
FAMOTIDINE 58 58 85 57
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 44 87 92
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 55 55 88 87
BUSPIRONE HCL 55 55 88 132
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 54 54 90 96
SPIRIVA 53 53 91 63
BYSTOLIC 50 50 92 58
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 May 22, 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.