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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,435Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 972

$1.51M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 972

876 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

7% of this provider’s 876 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 876 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 20,654 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,040 918 1 3
LISINOPRIL 1,008 762 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 969 847 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 808 653 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 799 567 S3 5 6
METFORMIN HCL 740 536 6 8
GABAPENTIN 709 519 7 14
FUROSEMIDE 621 510 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 577 447 9 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 490 365 10 12
FENOFIBRATE 462 360 11 66
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 444 379 12 10
TRAMADOL HCL 432 348 13 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 382 299 14 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 339 254 15 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 299 272 16 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 298 247 17 13
LOVASTATIN 277 228 18 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 273 229 19 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 273 206 19 20
SPIRONOLACTONE 259 188 21 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 256 196 22 23
CARVEDILOL 250 220 23 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 247 220 24 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 243 243 25 26
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 233 179 26 119
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 221 72 S2 27 80
CLONIDINE HCL 219 166 28 57
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 217 149 29 11
TRAZODONE HCL 214 157 30 35
ATENOLOL 214 175 30 18
GLIMEPIRIDE 211 158 32 34
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 203 138 33 117
ALLOPURINOL 197 179 34 28
RANITIDINE HCL 195 101 35 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 187 179 36 27
CLOPIDOGREL 185 148 37 37
NAMENDA 184 172 38 38
MELOXICAM 179 144 39 36
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 178 172 40 74
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 165 107 41 31
LANTUS 161 102 42 44
ADVAIR DISKUS 155 83 43 45
SYNTHROID 148 124 44 51
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140 120 45 32
SERTRALINE HCL 139 110 46 25
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 132 97 47 39
CYMBALTA 129 62 48 49
PREDNISONE 129 82 48 40
SPIRIVA 129 94 48 56
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 129 100 48 63
DIOVAN 128 110 52 48
AZITHROMYCIN 126 99 53 42
PLAVIX 123 106 54 55
NEXIUM 123 76 54 30
ZETIA 122 80 56 79
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 120 100 57 134
GLIPIZIDE 120 91 57 59
PROAIR HFA 118 46 59 47
MIRTAZAPINE 118 106 59 46
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 116 91 61 109
GLIPIZIDE ER 110 91 62 103
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 107 100 63 97
ROPINIROLE HCL 107 107 63 72
KLOR-CON M20 103 81 65 78
CRESTOR 99 86 66 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 93 80 67 41
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 92 36 R 68 53
GEMFIBROZIL 91 89 69 93
SINGULAIR 91 42 69 81
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 90 57 71 67
LYRICA 89 48 72 113
VYTORIN 81 59 73 151
ONGLYZA 81 55 73 233
NOVOLOG 81 30 73 100
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 68 73 61
LEVOFLOXACIN 79 55 77 98
BACLOFEN 79 35 77 123
JANUVIA 78 54 79 75
HYDROXYZINE HCL 78 52 R 79 208
PROMETHAZINE HCL 77 55 R 81 154
LOVAZA 77 44 81 136
PEN NEEDLE 76 28 83 99
INSULIN SYRINGE 74 37 84 84
ACYCLOVIR 73 49 85 284
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 73 50 85 199
GLIPIZIDE XL 73 66 85 198
MUPIROCIN 73 41 85 192
NIFEDIPINE ER 71 71 89 116
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 70 46 90 86
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 70 58 90 87
SUCRALFATE 69 42 92 180
GLYBURIDE 67 44 R 93 70
FENTANYL 65 51 S2 94 89
CELEBREX 65 65 94 85
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 45 R 96 58
FINASTERIDE 63 63 97 77
NITROFURANTOIN 63 51 97 304
PAROXETINE HCL 62 52 99 64
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 62 34 99 83
LEVOTHROID 61 52 101 400
FAMOTIDINE 61 20 101 73
BUPROPION HCL SR 61 40 101 148
NIASPAN 60 54 104 144
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 59 59 105 207
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 59 38 105 65
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 59 0 105 146
AVODART 57 45 108 214
SYMBICORT 57 52 108 141
HUMALOG 56 32 110 150
VESICARE 54 42 111 171
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 53 20 112 147
QVAR 53 34 112 294
CARBAMAZEPINE 53 17 112 203
PREMARIN 50 42 R 115 153
RISPERIDONE 50 49 115 76
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 Dec. 21, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.