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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,434Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 129 out of 198

$271K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 116 out of 198

387 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
7% 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 Nebraska
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 387 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 4,322 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 Nebraska
SIMVASTATIN 182 179 1 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 127 126 2 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 120 120 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 113 111 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 112 112 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 107 106 6 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 104 101 7 12
FUROSEMIDE 90 90 8 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 87 9 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 84 10 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 76 67 11 22
MELOXICAM 75 73 12 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 74 74 13 7
METFORMIN HCL 73 73 14 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 62 S3 15 8
MIRTAZAPINE 68 65 16 44
LISINOPRIL 64 61 17 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 62 18 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 62 57 18 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 58 58 20 28
ATENOLOL 54 51 21 17
NAMENDA 52 52 22 33
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. 18, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.