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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,455Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 288

$837K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 288

472 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

3% of this provider’s 472 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 472 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 18,219 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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 1,142 1,092 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 912 859 2 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 815 772 3 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 642 612 4 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 617 578 5 6
LISINOPRIL 585 533 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 537 511 7 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 475 464 8 8
FUROSEMIDE 473 439 9 5
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 427 425 10 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 394 381 11 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 379 374 12 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 263 247 13 13
PREDNISONE 262 223 14 30
KLOR-CON 10 259 252 15 66
METFORMIN HCL 242 230 16 12
NEXIUM 235 210 17 43
RAMIPRIL 230 228 18 101
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 217 205 19 42
CEPHALEXIN 208 195 20 83
JANTOVEN 208 198 20 146
ALLOPURINOL 205 205 22 23
TRAMADOL HCL 204 184 23 19
ATENOLOL 184 175 24 10
FINASTERIDE 179 179 25 82
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 166 160 26 40
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 165 147 S3 27 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 161 152 28 18
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 151 139 29 72
ZETIA 149 143 30 58
DIOVAN 145 134 31 53
LANTUS 143 118 32 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 133 133 33 21
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 132 115 34 263
DIGOXIN 132 132 34 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 132 132 34 29
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 132 124 34 62
LOVASTATIN 127 127 38 46
MELOXICAM 124 120 39 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 123 106 40 22
CRESTOR 121 97 41 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 111 99 42 24
LANSOPRAZOLE 108 108 43 158
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 107 98 44 123
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 106 103 45 75
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 101 101 46 38
RISPERIDONE 99 90 47 98
PERPHENAZINE-AMITRIPTYLINE 96 91 R 48 288
CELEBREX 91 91 49 84
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 90 50 16
LEVOFLOXACIN 89 71 51 80
PREMARIN 86 86 R 52 143
HUMALOG 85 76 53 117
TRAZODONE HCL 81 74 54 37
SERTRALINE HCL 81 69 54 25
SYMBICORT 79 79 56 104
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 79 74 56 142
CARVEDILOL 78 78 58 27
VYTORIN 74 74 59 150
MECLIZINE HCL 74 73 59 177
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 71 61 41
FLUCONAZOLE 73 65 61 237
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 72 66 63 122
NITROFURANTOIN 71 71 64 210
SINGULAIR 71 57 64 86
AVODART 71 71 64 160
BENAZEPRIL HCL 71 58 64 52
FELODIPINE ER 68 68 68 132
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 68 59 R 68 65
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 63 70 89
METHIMAZOLE 67 67 70 315
PROAIR HFA 67 56 70 45
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 64 59 73 81
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 62 61 S3 74 171
SUCRALFATE 61 61 75 155
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 60 76 35
PAROXETINE HCL 59 49 77 54
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 51 78 79
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 45 78 20
TERAZOSIN HCL 56 56 80 85
GLYBURIDE 55 55 R 81 59
PEN NEEDLE 54 50 82 100
SPIRIVA 53 41 83 48
CLONIDINE HCL 53 53 83 70
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 47 83 50
GEMFIBROZIL 52 52 86 77
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 38 87 64
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 Feb. 24, 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.