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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,431Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 76 out of 1206

$570K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 108 out of 1206

439 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

5% of this provider’s 439 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 439 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 11,794 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

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 689 626 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 571 490 2 2
ATENOLOL 453 390 3 14
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 430 396 4 45
FUROSEMIDE 407 355 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 373 351 6 6
CHLORTHALIDONE 372 357 7 118
OMEPRAZOLE 355 298 8 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 289 247 9 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 266 260 10 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 255 248 11 11
LISINOPRIL 244 239 12 4
METFORMIN HCL 239 169 13 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 229 208 14 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 215 204 15 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 176 153 16 12
CRESTOR 160 148 17 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 159 145 18 19
TRAMADOL HCL 157 129 19 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 155 149 20 8
GLIPIZIDE 154 146 21 64
BENAZEPRIL HCL 144 120 22 39
TERAZOSIN HCL 144 122 22 81
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 143 107 S3 24 7
FLUOXETINE HCL 137 116 25 52
ALLOPURINOL 136 127 26 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 133 133 27 40
RANITIDINE HCL 130 122 28 23
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 129 129 29 67
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 127 115 30 68
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 121 113 31 31
JANTOVEN 118 107 32 95
GABAPENTIN 116 97 33 18
DIOVAN 114 114 34 57
CLOPIDOGREL 108 108 35 48
NAMENDA 103 103 36 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 100 100 37 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 99 94 38 21
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 94 81 R 39 59
ROPINIROLE HCL 91 77 40 77
NEXIUM 88 51 41 47
PAROXETINE HCL 83 75 42 53
PREDNISONE 81 67 43 28
TRICOR 81 64 43 130
CARVEDILOL 80 80 45 32
DIGOXIN 80 80 45 43
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 77 77 47 33
FENOFIBRATE 76 70 48 56
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 74 66 49 70
LANTUS 74 68 49 38
RISPERIDONE 72 72 51 74
INSULIN SYRINGE 70 60 52 111
PLAVIX 67 67 53 72
MELOXICAM 67 50 53 35
NIFEDIPINE ER 66 49 55 152
CITALOPRAM HBR 64 38 56 16
SPIRIVA 62 55 57 66
VYTORIN 62 58 57 183
SERTRALINE HCL 57 42 59 22
VESICARE 56 56 60 148
GEMFIBROZIL 55 55 61 71
ZETIA 50 44 62 73
LIPITOR 50 45 62 113
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.