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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,605Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 143 out of 972

$613K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 210 out of 972

730 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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

2% of this provider’s 730 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 730 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,989 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
OMEPRAZOLE 491 395 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 457 402 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 449 412 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 448 376 4 7
LISINOPRIL 389 313 5 1
SIMVASTATIN 335 258 6 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 330 256 7 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 304 279 8 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 298 244 9 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 296 250 S3 10 6
GABAPENTIN 275 198 11 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 247 207 12 13
METFORMIN HCL 238 185 13 8
LOVASTATIN 216 193 14 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 164 120 15 23
TRAMADOL HCL 162 119 16 15
CARVEDILOL 153 145 17 21
GLIPIZIDE 147 101 18 59
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 146 134 19 17
CLONIDINE HCL 142 108 20 57
PREDNISONE 134 119 21 40
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 130 121 22 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 129 127 23 26
RANITIDINE HCL 128 91 24 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 127 97 25 11
TRAZODONE HCL 113 58 26 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 79 27 10
AZITHROMYCIN 106 91 28 42
NEXIUM 104 66 29 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 98 91 30 27
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 98 97 30 82
FINASTERIDE 96 92 32 77
ATENOLOL 94 90 33 18
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 94 73 33 50
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 89 77 35 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 89 71 35 43
CLOPIDOGREL 89 70 35 37
BUSPIRONE HCL 88 66 38 105
LANTUS 86 67 39 44
PROAIR HFA 85 49 40 47
SERTRALINE HCL 83 71 41 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 79 42 32
GLIPIZIDE ER 82 63 42 103
GLIPIZIDE XL 76 64 44 198
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 57 45 41
KLOR-CON M20 74 66 45 78
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 71 32 47 130
SPIRIVA 70 62 48 56
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70 50 R 48 58
CYMBALTA 69 49 50 49
BYSTOLIC 66 44 51 102
ALLOPURINOL 66 53 51 28
VERAPAMIL ER 65 52 53 108
PROPRANOLOL HCL 65 64 53 118
TAMSULOSIN HCL 65 60 53 29
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65 47 53 86
MELOXICAM 62 48 57 36
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 57 57 61
LIDODERM 59 38 59 115
NAMENDA 58 58 60 38
DIGOXIN 58 44 60 52
PAROXETINE HCL 57 53 62 64
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 43 62 109
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 55 64 60
CELEBREX 55 45 65 85
SYNTHROID 54 49 66 51
BENAZEPRIL HCL 52 51 67 88
VENTOLIN HFA 52 49 67 162
GLIMEPIRIDE 51 44 69 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 51 41 R 69 53
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 42 71 45
TRICOR 50 38 71 91
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 38 71 20
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 6, 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.