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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,895Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 70 out of 783

$853K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 77 out of 783

616 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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 Indiana
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 616 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 616 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,091 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 Indiana
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 757 505 S3 1 2
LISINOPRIL 531 368 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 508 424 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 460 306 4 6
FUROSEMIDE 446 341 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 409 359 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 373 276 7 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 334 266 8 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 332 240 9 10
ATENOLOL 311 285 10 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 242 146 11 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 235 214 12 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 166 13 12
SIMVASTATIN 214 192 14 3
AZITHROMYCIN 198 135 15 41
PREDNISONE 187 144 16 36
CYMBALTA 184 91 17 35
PROAIR HFA 178 124 18 56
TRAMADOL HCL 174 106 19 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 123 20 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 164 133 21 11
SERTRALINE HCL 156 124 22 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 153 110 23 9
CARVEDILOL 149 134 24 21
CRESTOR 148 111 25 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 146 120 26 19
CLOPIDOGREL 146 131 26 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 145 118 28 16
LANTUS 143 73 29 38
MIRTAZAPINE 135 123 30 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 131 118 31 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 130 113 32 50
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 127 115 33 83
PLAVIX 123 116 34 51
TAMSULOSIN HCL 118 116 35 26
NEXIUM 117 96 36 28
FENTANYL 110 53 S2 37 65
DIGOXIN 109 106 38 61
GABAPENTIN 107 47 39 15
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 102 47 40 43
CLONIDINE HCL 100 77 41 60
HUMALOG 97 45 42 101
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 67 43 154
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 74 44 53
OXYCODONE HCL 87 23 S2 45 123
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 86 72 46 42
INSULIN SYRINGE 84 53 47 82
TRAZODONE HCL 83 43 48 39
KLOR-CON M20 80 78 49 48
ALLOPURINOL 78 70 50 31
TRICOR 76 51 51 134
PEN NEEDLE 75 54 52 103
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 75 18 S2 52 107
AMIODARONE HCL 66 66 54 175
GLIMEPIRIDE 66 66 54 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 49 54 30
MELOXICAM 63 51 57 37
SPIRIVA 63 43 57 59
LYRICA 59 26 59 98
SYNTHROID 55 55 60 47
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 50 R 60 77
VERAPAMIL ER 55 45 60 119
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 54 54 63 173
RANITIDINE HCL 54 36 63 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 49 65 45
TIZANIDINE HCL 51 11 66 133
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 March 13, 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.