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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,036Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 288

$872K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 288

663 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
18% 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

4% of this provider’s 663 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 663 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,260 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 Iowa
OMEPRAZOLE 851 812 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 722 688 2 1
LISINOPRIL 702 646 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 630 568 4 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 474 419 5 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 468 431 6 6
CRESTOR 464 426 7 26
METFORMIN HCL 446 389 8 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 421 372 9 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 372 356 10 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 346 286 11 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 285 265 12 13
TRAMADOL HCL 278 247 13 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 276 256 14 22
FUROSEMIDE 270 237 15 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 261 213 S3 16 7
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 255 239 17 55
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 254 250 18 14
GABAPENTIN 222 170 19 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 217 205 20 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 208 208 21 9
FENOFIBRATE 207 176 22 61
TAMSULOSIN HCL 200 180 23 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 192 157 24 16
MELOXICAM 191 187 25 44
XARELTO 169 169 26 206
ALLOPURINOL 161 148 27 23
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 135 114 28 72
BENICAR HCT 133 132 29 172
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 120 107 30 15
SERTRALINE HCL 115 108 31 25
ATENOLOL 109 106 32 10
BENICAR 104 103 33 151
CYMBALTA 98 69 34 67
TRAZODONE HCL 98 98 34 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 97 95 36 62
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 95 36 20
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 94 68 38 94
BUMETANIDE 92 86 39 105
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 92 90 39 41
VERAPAMIL ER 87 87 41 97
SPIRIVA 87 78 41 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 72 43 87
GLYBURIDE 82 82 R 44 59
DIGOXIN 82 82 44 51
ZETIA 81 80 46 58
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 68 47 42
METFORMIN HCL ER 78 78 48 76
AMOXICILLIN 78 70 48 118
CLONIDINE HCL 77 77 50 70
PROAIR HFA 74 61 51 45
NIASPAN 73 72 52 103
CELEBREX 72 72 53 84
ONGLYZA 70 70 54 238
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 69 61 55 81
WELCHOL 68 53 56 249
DIOVAN HCT 68 68 56 112
QUINAPRIL HCL 67 67 58 138
PEN NEEDLE 66 65 59 100
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 55 R 60 65
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 51 60 80
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 61 25 62 69
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 51 63 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 48 64 50
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 49 65 78
VYTORIN 58 55 65 150
SINGULAIR 57 44 67 86
KLOR-CON 10 56 42 68 66
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 56 37 68 120
BYSTOLIC 55 51 70 96
NEXIUM 53 47 71 43
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 49 71 128
VESICARE 52 52 73 129
DILTIAZEM ER 51 51 74 102
MECLIZINE HCL 51 50 74 177
LOVASTATIN 50 38 76 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 50 50 76 29
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 Sept. 16, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.