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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,594Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 79 out of 972

$780K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 118 out of 972

522 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 522 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 522 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,124 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 1,015 906 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 822 674 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 511 454 3 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 507 451 4 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 471 411 5 3
LISINOPRIL 452 348 6 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 419 366 7 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 377 336 8 17
METFORMIN HCL 344 326 9 8
ATENOLOL 325 308 10 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 320 314 11 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 296 254 S3 12 6
BENAZEPRIL HCL 289 266 13 88
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 254 241 14 9
CARVEDILOL 239 224 15 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 239 195 15 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 235 222 17 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 227 227 18 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 227 216 18 12
FUROSEMIDE 198 166 20 7
LOVASTATIN 194 174 21 22
ALLOPURINOL 192 176 22 28
METFORMIN HCL ER 184 164 23 62
QUINAPRIL HCL 180 173 24 95
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 176 163 25 13
GABAPENTIN 168 139 26 14
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 161 127 27 39
TRAZODONE HCL 158 138 28 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 143 92 29 19
SERTRALINE HCL 142 108 30 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 140 121 31 34
FELODIPINE ER 138 115 32 145
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 135 111 33 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 133 97 34 45
FENOFIBRATE 121 105 35 66
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 121 104 R 35 58
RAMIPRIL 121 96 35 101
PREDNISONE 118 94 38 40
BYSTOLIC 109 95 39 102
SPIRIVA 106 100 40 56
AZITHROMYCIN 105 87 41 42
JANUVIA 102 101 42 75
ACTOS 100 92 43 163
DIOVAN 97 89 44 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 93 52 45 23
LANTUS 91 82 46 44
ZETIA 90 78 47 79
CRESTOR 90 87 47 33
MELOXICAM 78 57 49 36
CLOPIDOGREL 77 55 50 37
LIPITOR 76 65 51 90
TAMSULOSIN HCL 73 64 52 29
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 31 S2 52 80
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 69 54 43
PROAIR HFA 68 51 55 47
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 67 56 60
GLYBURIDE 66 35 R 57 70
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 45 58 41
PEN NEEDLE 60 33 59 99
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 59 60 74
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 57 61 61
NAMENDA 57 57 61 38
PLAVIX 56 32 63 55
FAMOTIDINE 56 56 63 73
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 39 63 54
VESICARE 56 34 63 171
LEVOXYL 53 53 67 194
TRAMADOL HCL 53 50 67 15
EVISTA 51 51 69 127
PAROXETINE HCL 50 26 70 64
LANSOPRAZOLE 50 35 70 210
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 50 43 70 82
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 July 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.