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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,263Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 288

$797K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 288

641 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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

7% of this provider’s 641 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 641 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,642 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 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 Iowa
SIMVASTATIN 1,214 1,104 1 1
LISINOPRIL 798 749 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 746 657 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 588 507 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 569 492 S3 5 7
FUROSEMIDE 554 487 6 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 528 484 7 6
METFORMIN HCL 488 406 8 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 470 442 9 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 424 396 10 9
TRAMADOL HCL 422 348 11 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 400 370 12 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 395 344 13 11
ATENOLOL 342 315 14 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 320 289 15 32
PAROXETINE HCL 296 264 16 54
MELOXICAM 258 219 17 44
TAMSULOSIN HCL 249 228 18 24
GABAPENTIN 237 206 19 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 219 205 20 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 203 200 21 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 201 191 22 34
DIOVAN 200 172 23 53
CITALOPRAM HBR 194 179 24 18
CARVEDILOL 192 167 25 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 187 165 26 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 177 156 27 22
ALLOPURINOL 174 161 28 23
FENTANYL 146 132 S2 29 57
LEVOFLOXACIN 142 123 30 80
RANITIDINE HCL 135 111 31 33
PREDNISONE 133 129 32 30
CRESTOR 132 126 33 26
NAMENDA 125 114 34 39
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 125 86 34 81
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 125 117 34 16
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 124 88 37 87
AZITHROMYCIN 122 105 38 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 119 119 39 29
BENAZEPRIL HCL 118 94 40 52
PROAIR HFA 114 69 41 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 113 100 42 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 109 105 43 38
SPIRIVA 106 93 44 48
PROPRANOLOL HCL 105 80 45 90
CYMBALTA 103 98 46 67
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 101 97 47 113
SYNTHROID 100 89 48 63
LANTUS 99 86 49 31
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 95 95 50 75
NEXIUM 93 80 51 43
MIRTAZAPINE 85 85 52 60
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 84 84 53 89
DIGOXIN 83 72 54 51
SINGULAIR 83 48 54 86
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 81 75 56 197
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 80 78 57 28
DIOVAN HCT 79 74 58 112
SERTRALINE HCL 79 71 58 25
DILTIAZEM ER 77 77 60 102
TRAZODONE HCL 76 36 61 37
RISPERIDONE 75 71 62 98
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 75 62 55
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 74 74 64 116
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 74 57 S2 64 131
PEN NEEDLE 73 41 66 100
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 73 73 66 35
FENOFIBRATE 72 59 68 61
AVODART 70 70 69 160
CELEBREX 68 56 70 84
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 68 51 R 70 65
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 68 68 70 72
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 40 73 50
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 66 39 73 120
CHOLESTYRAMINE 65 65 75 322
KLOR-CON M10 63 63 76 175
ZETIA 62 62 77 58
JANUVIA 60 49 78 88
GLYBURIDE 59 52 R 79 59
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 41 R 79 73
CLONIDINE HCL 58 46 81 70
FAMOTIDINE 55 51 82 68
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 46 82 36
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 45 84 69
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 41 84 42
IRBESARTAN 52 44 86 199
LABETALOL HCL 51 51 87 147
FINASTERIDE 51 43 87 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 1, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.