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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,355Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 79 out of 1206

$509K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 158 out of 1206

529 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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 529 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 529 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 12,640 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 21%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
SIMVASTATIN 511 483 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 479 472 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 476 458 3 3
METFORMIN HCL 360 323 4 10
LISINOPRIL 356 337 5 4
GABAPENTIN 327 303 6 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 319 296 7 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 319 301 7 11
FUROSEMIDE 301 273 9 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 292 276 10 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 281 280 11 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 252 251 12 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 247 218 S3 13 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 237 234 14 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 231 229 15 8
RANITIDINE HCL 230 225 16 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 191 179 17 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 190 182 18 16
FAMOTIDINE 182 173 19 65
SPIRONOLACTONE 171 161 20 41
SERTRALINE HCL 155 155 21 22
CARVEDILOL 155 149 21 32
ATENOLOL 152 140 23 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 151 151 24 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 146 146 25 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 140 136 26 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 125 109 27 9
TRAZODONE HCL 120 101 28 37
CEPHALEXIN 118 114 29 62
PREDNISONE 118 114 29 28
CELEBREX 110 102 31 84
FINASTERIDE 105 105 32 90
CRESTOR 104 104 33 30
DIGOXIN 102 93 34 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 101 98 35 13
DIOVAN 98 97 36 57
CLOPIDOGREL 97 90 37 48
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 90 86 38 31
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 88 88 39 67
DILTIAZEM ER 86 86 40 83
MIRTAZAPINE 86 86 40 50
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 72 42 27
FLUOXETINE HCL 84 57 43 52
NAMENDA 82 82 44 36
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 82 44 60
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 75 46 54
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 79 79 47 70
ALLOPURINOL 79 75 47 24
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 77 73 49 45
PAROXETINE HCL 76 75 50 53
JANUVIA 71 63 51 87
DONEPEZIL HCL 69 69 52 29
LAMOTRIGINE 68 68 53 162
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 67 65 54 82
SPIRIVA 64 58 55 66
RAMIPRIL 63 61 56 96
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 61 61 57 33
MELOXICAM 55 55 58 35
AZITHROMYCIN 55 51 58 46
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 45 60 79
PRIMIDONE 53 48 61 226
PLAVIX 53 52 61 72
LANSOPRAZOLE 52 52 63 128
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 52 63 42
TRAMADOL HCL 52 39 63 17
BYSTOLIC 50 50 66 109
ZETIA 50 50 66 73
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 7, 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.