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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,896Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 569 out of 1499

$361K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 554 out of 1499

359 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

11% of this provider’s 359 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 359 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,212 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 Missouri
FUROSEMIDE 257 195 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 255 177 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 253 88 S3 3 4
LISINOPRIL 241 136 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 194 117 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 165 100 6 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 165 123 6 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 100 8 9
METFORMIN HCL 146 101 9 8
GABAPENTIN 132 108 10 13
CARVEDILOL 112 37 11 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 97 66 12 12
SERTRALINE HCL 97 57 12 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 95 14 35
CEPHALEXIN 94 54 15 83
NAMENDA 94 94 15 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 91 35 17 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 88 83 18 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 84 68 19 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 84 52 19 14
TRAMADOL HCL 83 42 21 16
BUSPIRONE HCL 82 42 22 94
ROPINIROLE HCL 82 57 22 55
PREDNISONE 81 38 24 42
AZITHROMYCIN 74 24 25 45
ALLOPURINOL 67 44 26 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 59 59 27 20
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 55 46 28 201
CYMBALTA 52 31 29 40
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.