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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,764Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 1206

$772K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 1206

595 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 595 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 595 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,032 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 21%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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
OMEPRAZOLE 740 656 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 686 635 S3 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 540 488 3 1
LISINOPRIL 534 499 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 495 460 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 458 439 6 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 421 394 7 6
RANITIDINE HCL 420 366 8 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 416 387 9 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 408 354 10 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 362 352 11 8
TRAMADOL HCL 338 297 12 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 331 319 13 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 264 252 14 9
RISPERIDONE 261 236 15 74
METFORMIN HCL 255 233 16 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 238 238 17 29
GABAPENTIN 197 151 18 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 196 188 19 13
GLIMEPIRIDE 193 188 20 34
NAMENDA 185 184 21 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 184 173 22 15
BUMETANIDE 166 147 23 101
LANTUS 165 132 24 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 164 153 25 26
ATENOLOL 161 151 26 14
LACTULOSE 158 158 27 124
PREDNISONE 158 141 27 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 156 27 11
CYMBALTA 152 86 30 63
SPIRONOLACTONE 148 128 31 41
CARVEDILOL 140 139 32 32
MIRTAZAPINE 130 128 33 50
SERTRALINE HCL 127 109 34 22
FENOFIBRATE 127 114 34 56
DIOVAN 124 111 36 57
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 124 123 36 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 115 115 38 40
DIGOXIN 105 99 39 43
TRAZODONE HCL 99 99 40 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 98 95 41 21
DILTIAZEM ER 96 96 42 83
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 92 92 43 75
SPIRIVA 87 66 44 66
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 85 71 45 89
LEVEMIR 80 80 46 195
AZITHROMYCIN 79 75 47 46
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 78 78 48 76
BUSPIRONE HCL 78 69 48 110
NOVOLOG 72 62 50 100
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 72 65 50 25
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 72 71 S2 50 114
TERAZOSIN HCL 70 60 53 81
ALLOPURINOL 70 52 53 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 70 53 54
AVODART 69 69 56 160
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 67 57 20
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 68 64 57 102
CEPHALEXIN 67 64 59 62
CRESTOR 66 62 60 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 47 60 55
VYTORIN 62 62 62 183
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 58 50 63 142
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 39 63 111
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 52 65 82
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 55 66 85
FINASTERIDE 55 45 66 90
CLONIDINE HCL 55 43 66 88
NEXIUM 54 52 69 47
LIPITOR 54 49 69 113
LEVETIRACETAM 53 41 71 135
METOLAZONE 52 43 72 158
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 40 R 73 59
BENAZEPRIL HCL 51 51 73 39
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 Nov. 23, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.