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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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36,806Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 972

$2.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 972

749 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

4% of this provider’s 749 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

40% of this provider’s 749 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 28,511 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,987 1,545 S3 1 6
RANITIDINE HCL 1,506 1,135 2 24
TORSEMIDE 1,242 1,030 10 3 131
SYNTHROID 953 763 4 51
LISINOPRIL 943 749 5 1
LOVASTATIN 931 856 6 22
CARVEDILOL 812 681 7 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 806 660 8 13
OMEPRAZOLE 738 558 9 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 676 539 10 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 621 589 11 12
EXELON 584 568 12 125
GABAPENTIN 577 482 13 14
NAMENDA 562 536 14 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 522 432 15 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 464 355 16 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 439 380 17 34
LEVETIRACETAM 374 207 18 111
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 357 173 19 96
CLOPIDOGREL 356 309 20 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 354 303 21 16
PLAVIX 339 287 22 55
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 326 191 23 83
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 324 275 24 3
SIMVASTATIN 321 234 25 2
TRAZODONE HCL 319 229 26 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 316 277 27 29
ROPINIROLE HCL 310 246 28 72
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 300 212 29 107
DIGOXIN 287 252 30 52
SERTRALINE HCL 286 219 31 25
KLOR-CON 10 284 252 32 68
DIOVAN 276 226 33 48
METFORMIN HCL 268 148 34 8
LIPITOR 251 193 35 90
CYMBALTA 246 213 36 49
TRAMADOL HCL 244 179 37 15
CRESTOR 243 190 38 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 236 178 39 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 224 187 40 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 221 221 41 43
SPIRONOLACTONE 212 144 42 54
ALLOPURINOL 209 180 43 28
GENERLAC 204 112 44 268
NOVOLIN 70-30 199 160 45 213
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 197 130 46 132
ABILIFY 195 144 47 137
RISPERIDONE 189 106 48 76
LANTUS 189 134 48 44
NEXIUM 189 148 48 30
SEROQUEL 188 102 51 164
JANTOVEN 184 157 52 160
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 173 126 53 65
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 170 128 54 23
ENABLEX 164 130 55 204
MIRTAZAPINE 163 136 56 46
SPIRIVA 161 104 57 56
NOVOLIN N 160 130 58 328
RAMIPRIL 158 133 59 101
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 151 96 60 20
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 148 145 61 74
PRANDIN 146 127 62 385
MUPIROCIN 145 98 63 192
PAROXETINE HCL 141 99 64 64
MELOXICAM 138 80 65 36
HUMULIN 70-30 138 118 65 225
BUSPIRONE HCL 127 99 67 105
ADVAIR DISKUS 126 108 68 45
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 125 70 R 69 53
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 123 95 70 41
LEXAPRO 119 90 71 177
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 118 87 72 109
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 115 66 R 73 135
TRICOR 113 97 74 91
DIOVAN HCT 111 92 75 122
FINASTERIDE 110 109 76 77
ACTOS 108 101 77 163
TOPIRAMATE 106 43 78 126
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 93 79 17
JANUVIA 105 56 79 75
OLANZAPINE 103 82 81 149
PEN NEEDLE 102 87 82 99
LAMOTRIGINE 101 50 83 174
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 100 76 84 246
HALOPERIDOL 100 60 84 168
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 100 91 R 84 58
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 98 84 87 169
PREDNISONE 98 71 87 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 97 19 89 146
DONEPEZIL HCL 96 91 90 26
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 96 94 90 39
MECLIZINE HCL 94 90 92 184
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 77 92 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 91 62 94 31
SINGULAIR 91 66 94 81
CEPHALEXIN 91 71 94 124
VYTORIN 90 82 97 151
OXCARBAZEPINE 90 0 97 244
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 73 97 10
DILTIAZEM ER 90 77 97 129
ATENOLOL 89 69 101 18
CLONIDINE HCL 88 53 102 57
HYDRALAZINE HCL 85 55 103 69
ZETIA 83 63 104 79
AZITHROMYCIN 81 65 105 42
AMIODARONE HCL 79 74 106 165
COMBIVENT 78 53 107 94
FUROSEMIDE 78 71 107 7
HUMULIN N 78 66 107 349
PROAIR HFA 78 58 107 47
NIASPAN 77 43 111 144
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 59 112 32
LIDODERM 76 63 112 115
CELEBREX 76 46 112 85
FLUOXETINE HCL 76 42 112 60
PROPRANOLOL HCL 73 62 116 118
DALIRESP 72 60 117 307
CARBAMAZEPINE 71 47 118 203
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 69 69 119 114
INSULIN SYRINGE 68 63 120 84
KLOR-CON 8 68 53 120 266
BENICAR 67 59 122 133
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 64 60 123 86
SEROQUEL XR 64 19 123 236
PRIMIDONE 64 58 123 253
ZOSTAVAX 63 59 126 104
LEVEMIR 60 0 127 234
TRAVATAN Z 60 55 127 242
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 59 58 S2 129 142
PRISTIQ ER 57 36 130 286
KLOR-CON M20 57 56 130 78
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 57 57 130 87
PROPAFENONE HCL 56 53 133 469
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 56 45 R 133 275
LANSOPRAZOLE 54 39 135 210
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 54 40 135 117
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 53 37 137 147
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 52 39 138 207
VALPROIC ACID 52 23 138 257
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 41 140 134
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 9, 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.