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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,578Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 81 out of 324

$583K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 72 out of 324

190 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 190 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 190 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,201 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

56 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 Kansas
FUROSEMIDE 561 534 1 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 493 403 S3 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 418 381 3 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 261 239 4 8
SIMVASTATIN 227 201 5 1
LISINOPRIL 218 194 6 3
GABAPENTIN 178 141 7 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 166 166 8 25
MIRTAZAPINE 162 151 9 41
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 162 162 9 112
SERTRALINE HCL 161 132 11 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 159 146 12 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 147 129 13 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 145 108 14 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 136 126 15 4
BUSPIRONE HCL 135 134 16 106
CARVEDILOL 135 123 16 22
NAMENDA 131 131 18 31
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 130 63 19 86
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 129 118 20 118
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 126 104 21 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 113 83 22 54
ALLOPURINOL 106 106 23 27
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 106 65 23 69
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 94 25 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 99 97 26 17
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 99 92 26 80
EXELON 98 98 28 119
METFORMIN HCL 94 90 29 9
FENTANYL 93 88 S2 30 64
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 93 93 30 99
BACLOFEN 85 35 32 124
TRAZODONE HCL 81 76 33 42
AGGRENOX 74 58 34 162
LIDODERM 71 71 35 110
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 71 65 35 85
BUPROPION HCL 69 34 37 275
CELEBREX 69 69 37 96
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 68 20 R 39 51
PREDNISONE 66 50 40 36
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 65 36 41 134
KLOR-CON M10 65 65 41 117
NOVOLOG 64 33 43 60
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 64 43 87
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 63 63 45 15
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 62 45 37
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 60 60 47 245
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 60 47 11
VENLAFAXINE HCL 59 49 49 187
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 59 56 49 91
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 57 52 51 209
LAMOTRIGINE 56 43 52 205
FINASTERIDE 55 55 53 101
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 34 53 20
BUPROPION HCL SR 54 47 55 157
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 54 55 24
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 45 57 84
CLONIDINE HCL 50 49 58 53
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 Jan. 10, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.