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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,318Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 84 out of 972

$890K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 84 out of 972

472 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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 Missouri
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% 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

14% of this provider’s 472 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,185 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 Missouri
FUROSEMIDE 633 576 1 7
LISINOPRIL 528 452 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 524 484 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 468 437 4 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 444 407 5 13
OMEPRAZOLE 413 376 6 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 344 314 7 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 330 286 8 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 330 220 S3 8 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 287 267 10 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 275 265 11 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 273 262 12 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 264 252 13 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 259 250 14 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 231 207 15 17
NAMENDA 212 212 16 38
METFORMIN HCL 201 187 17 8
ALLOPURINOL 183 150 18 28
PREDNISONE 179 171 19 40
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 179 153 19 27
ATENOLOL 175 162 21 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 171 171 22 41
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 170 168 23 132
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 168 145 24 67
MIRTAZAPINE 159 158 25 46
CLOPIDOGREL 158 139 26 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 157 144 27 43
GLIMEPIRIDE 156 133 28 34
CARVEDILOL 149 137 29 21
DIGOXIN 145 130 30 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 128 31 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 136 132 32 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 132 118 33 20
HYDRALAZINE HCL 132 130 33 69
CRESTOR 129 102 35 33
SERTRALINE HCL 124 86 36 25
NEXIUM 123 112 37 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 123 96 37 31
GABAPENTIN 117 69 39 14
SPIRONOLACTONE 117 113 39 54
KLOR-CON M20 114 95 41 78
PAROXETINE HCL 109 86 42 64
PLAVIX 104 90 43 55
PROAIR HFA 104 87 43 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 71 45 45
TRAMADOL HCL 97 84 46 15
CLONIDINE HCL 94 78 47 57
GEMFIBROZIL 93 93 48 93
RANITIDINE HCL 92 65 49 24
CEPHALEXIN 89 79 50 124
GLIPIZIDE ER 87 84 51 103
LANTUS 85 72 52 44
AZITHROMYCIN 83 74 53 42
DIOVAN 79 70 54 48
FINASTERIDE 78 66 55 77
FAMOTIDINE 70 58 56 73
SPIRIVA 68 67 57 56
INDAPAMIDE 64 64 58 188
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 53 59 60
SINGULAIR 61 44 60 81
TRAZODONE HCL 61 40 60 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 52 62 83
LOVASTATIN 59 59 63 22
NOVOLOG 59 50 63 100
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 51 65 84
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 46 66 97
CELEBREX 56 45 66 85
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 35 68 65
COMBIVENT 55 21 68 94
PEN NEEDLE 55 34 68 99
METHIMAZOLE 54 54 71 375
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 52 72 82
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 52 72 61
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 51 27 S2 74 142
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51 49 74 23
VERAPAMIL ER 50 50 76 108
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. 2, 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.