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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,990Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 129 out of 972

$808K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 108 out of 972

705 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 705 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 705 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,298 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 667 630 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 549 503 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 454 427 3 2
LISINOPRIL 398 363 4 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 333 333 5 26
FUROSEMIDE 327 300 6 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 311 299 7 12
NAMENDA 309 309 8 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 308 291 9 20
OMEPRAZOLE 307 280 10 5
ATENOLOL 251 245 11 18
SERTRALINE HCL 237 218 12 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 232 222 13 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 231 207 14 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 226 194 15 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 212 186 16 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 202 191 S3 17 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 190 174 18 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 180 168 19 9
METFORMIN HCL ER 161 145 20 62
TRAMADOL HCL 158 157 21 15
METFORMIN HCL 155 155 22 8
MIRTAZAPINE 153 153 23 46
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 132 24 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 132 131 25 41
MONOJECT INSULIN SYRINGE 126 126 26 229
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 123 111 27 43
FENOFIBRATE 119 97 28 66
JANUVIA 115 115 29 75
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 111 30 32
AZITHROMYCIN 113 103 31 42
KLOR-CON 10 113 113 31 68
CITALOPRAM HBR 113 97 31 19
NEXIUM 109 97 34 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 96 35 61
ALLOPURINOL 108 102 35 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 108 106 35 65
CARVEDILOL 107 107 38 21
LOVASTATIN 106 104 39 22
GABAPENTIN 101 99 40 14
BYSTOLIC 101 101 40 102
CLOPIDOGREL 101 97 40 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 100 99 43 27
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 93 89 44 67
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 89 89 45 31
DIGOXIN 87 87 46 52
ZETIA 84 84 47 79
PREDNISONE 82 82 48 40
LEVOFLOXACIN 81 80 49 98
PLAVIX 79 75 50 55
FELODIPINE ER 78 78 51 145
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74 73 52 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 71 53 45
LANTUS 72 72 54 44
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 70 68 55 39
PAROXETINE HCL 66 63 56 64
BUMETANIDE 66 66 56 173
DIOVAN HCT 65 65 58 122
CELEBREX 64 55 59 85
JANTOVEN 63 63 60 160
SYNTHROID 62 62 61 51
LEXAPRO 62 62 61 177
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 58 41 R 63 53
AMIODARONE HCL 56 56 64 165
DIOVAN 53 53 65 48
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 46 66 54
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 51 67 74
EVISTA 50 38 68 127
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 Nov. 15, 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.