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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,382Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 111 out of 1206

$582K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 101 out of 1206

597 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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 597 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 597 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,939 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 661 594 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 534 501 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 528 470 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 357 328 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 355 318 S3 5 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 314 283 6 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 257 247 7 6
LISINOPRIL 235 201 8 4
METFORMIN HCL 203 177 9 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 202 201 10 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 200 188 11 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 198 185 12 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 196 165 13 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 182 171 14 11
BENAZEPRIL HCL 179 136 15 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 179 153 15 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 149 124 17 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 141 18 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 138 136 19 15
ATENOLOL 135 135 20 14
ALLOPURINOL 130 118 21 24
MELOXICAM 129 124 22 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 125 125 23 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 125 125 23 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 122 120 25 13
SYNTHROID 119 83 26 94
GABAPENTIN 119 116 26 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 112 28 27
RANITIDINE HCL 114 77 29 23
DIOVAN 104 92 30 57
PREDNISONE 102 99 31 28
FENTANYL 99 97 S2 32 51
KLOR-CON 10 95 89 33 93
SERTRALINE HCL 89 77 34 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 88 77 35 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 87 36 60
NEXIUM 84 73 37 47
CARVEDILOL 83 58 38 32
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 66 39 133
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 74 40 40
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72 60 R 41 59
TRAMADOL HCL 71 68 42 17
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 71 71 S3 42 155
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 46 44 55
PROAIR HFA 67 39 45 49
CLONIDINE HCL 63 50 46 88
PAROXETINE HCL 62 50 47 53
RISPERIDONE 61 28 48 74
DILTIAZEM ER 60 60 49 83
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 54 49 79
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 58 49 61
ENABLEX 58 45 52 248
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 56 53 42
CRESTOR 54 45 54 30
LANTUS 54 54 54 38
NYSTATIN 54 50 54 166
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 53 54 92
DIOVAN HCT 53 53 58 112
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 Dec. 27, 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.