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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,687Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 1206

$706K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 1206

758 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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

8% of this provider’s 758 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 758 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,001 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
SIMVASTATIN 780 694 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 707 675 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 680 668 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 575 521 4 3
LISINOPRIL 526 490 5 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 515 450 6 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 512 491 7 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 495 468 8 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 476 438 9 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 417 395 10 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 413 401 11 9
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 392 360 12 45
METFORMIN HCL 366 330 13 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 349 305 14 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 337 299 S3 15 7
GABAPENTIN 303 218 16 18
TRAMADOL HCL 278 264 17 17
ALLOPURINOL 264 240 18 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 258 258 19 19
TRAZODONE HCL 238 202 20 37
ATENOLOL 237 237 21 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 197 193 22 13
FENTANYL 197 176 S2 22 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 185 150 24 25
DIGOXIN 184 184 25 43
SERTRALINE HCL 182 170 26 22
CEPHALEXIN 170 159 27 62
LANTUS 151 125 28 38
CLOPIDOGREL 145 143 29 48
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 144 144 30 68
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 143 142 31 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 137 100 32 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 136 124 33 33
FAMOTIDINE 135 127 34 65
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 132 128 35 20
AZITHROMYCIN 125 107 36 46
PAROXETINE HCL 116 98 37 53
NOVOLOG 111 105 38 100
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 110 94 39 104
BENAZEPRIL HCL 107 95 40 39
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 107 107 40 40
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 105 105 42 67
LIPITOR 103 100 43 113
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103 103 43 26
SPIRONOLACTONE 98 98 45 41
CARVEDILOL 97 93 46 32
CRESTOR 96 96 47 30
DIOVAN 95 95 48 57
PREDNISONE 92 88 49 28
NAMENDA 89 89 50 36
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 87 75 51 75
PLAVIX 85 85 52 72
DONEPEZIL HCL 85 77 52 29
TERAZOSIN HCL 84 84 54 81
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 62 55 52
GLIPIZIDE 83 71 55 64
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 80 57 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 82 71 57 54
FENOFIBRATE 81 78 59 56
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 81 81 59 139
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 80 61 70
VERAPAMIL ER 76 65 62 97
LEVOFLOXACIN 72 62 63 78
SPIRIVA 70 70 64 66
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 66 51 R 65 80
IBUPROFEN 63 45 66 116
MELOXICAM 63 54 66 35
CYMBALTA 62 38 68 63
NEXIUM 59 33 69 47
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 56 69 102
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 58 30 S3 71 155
ZETIA 57 57 72 73
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 38 R 72 59
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 56 54 74 103
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 53 R 75 233
NABUMETONE 53 23 76 91
VESICARE 53 46 76 148
NITROSTAT 53 49 76 247
PROAIR HFA 52 42 79 49
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.