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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,946Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 288

$545K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 288

565 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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

5% of this provider’s 565 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 565 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 10,453 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 684 626 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 607 537 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 416 345 3 3
LISINOPRIL 400 355 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 332 306 5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 320 285 S3 6 7
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 277 250 7 28
ATENOLOL 266 231 8 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 253 249 9 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 244 210 10 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 225 200 11 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 218 218 12 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 212 199 13 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 202 191 14 20
METFORMIN HCL 186 137 15 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 163 153 16 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 162 155 17 15
AZITHROMYCIN 158 144 18 49
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 130 19 13
TRAZODONE HCL 143 117 20 37
SERTRALINE HCL 120 100 21 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 96 22 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 114 114 23 29
MIRTAZAPINE 114 111 23 60
GLYBURIDE 114 114 R 23 59
GABAPENTIN 109 104 26 17
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 99 82 27 62
CYMBALTA 88 63 28 67
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 85 67 29 81
ALLOPURINOL 85 67 29 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 82 78 31 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 69 32 41
PREDNISONE 78 64 33 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 74 64 34 87
LANTUS 72 45 35 31
KLOR-CON 10 72 55 35 66
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 71 43 37 94
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 56 38 42
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 67 66 39 116
FENTANYL 66 60 S2 40 57
MELOXICAM 66 51 40 44
PROAIR HFA 65 51 42 45
NAMENDA 65 65 42 39
GEMFIBROZIL 65 63 42 77
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 64 61 45 21
SYNTHROID 62 61 46 63
CEPHALEXIN 62 58 46 83
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 61 56 48 142
LOVASTATIN 61 61 48 46
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 49 R 50 65
DIOVAN 59 55 51 53
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 58 51 75
TRAMADOL HCL 56 50 53 19
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 49 54 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 39 54 36
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 53 32 56 122
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 40 R 57 73
DIGOXIN 51 51 58 51
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 Oct. 25, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.