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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,022Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 497 out of 1206

$319K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 415 out of 1206

300 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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 300 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 300 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 5,090 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
OMEPRAZOLE 411 339 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 275 233 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 191 157 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 162 137 4 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 157 139 5 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 156 139 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 137 119 7 10
FLUOXETINE HCL 126 103 8 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 125 118 9 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 110 110 10 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 103 100 11 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 99 69 S3 12 7
LISINOPRIL 95 82 13 4
NAMENDA 94 94 14 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 77 15 11
ALLOPURINOL 87 83 16 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 71 17 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 75 64 18 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 62 19 25
CRESTOR 65 57 20 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 65 49 20 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 37 22 55
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 53 34 R 23 59
SERTRALINE HCL 53 52 23 22
PREDNISONE 53 39 23 28
TRAMADOL HCL 51 31 26 17
LYRICA 50 24 27 115
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 Oct. 1, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.