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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,081Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 288

$634K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 288

265 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 265 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 265 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 12,769 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

57 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 Iowa
SIMVASTATIN 618 543 1 1
SYNTHROID 612 535 2 63
OMEPRAZOLE 608 524 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 508 449 4 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 499 446 S3 5 7
FUROSEMIDE 491 450 6 5
LISINOPRIL 459 368 7 4
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 409 329 S2 8 140
NOVOLIN N 359 245 10 9 152
TRAMADOL HCL 334 299 10 19
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 327 300 11 99
DONEPEZIL HCL 316 292 12 29
GABAPENTIN 271 236 13 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 269 231 14 9
PROCRIT 263 251 10 15 203
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 259 208 16 6
KLOR-CON 10 244 236 17 66
BACLOFEN 236 175 18 121
SODIUM CHLORIDE 233 145 19 153
FINASTERIDE 205 179 20 82
TERAZOSIN HCL 201 196 21 85
TAMSULOSIN HCL 196 176 22 24
METFORMIN HCL 196 114 22 12
NOVOLIN R 178 140 24 179
SERTRALINE HCL 178 171 24 25
LANTUS 177 171 26 31
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 167 159 27 133
RANITIDINE HCL 162 121 28 33
GLIPIZIDE 157 133 29 56
LIDODERM 150 101 30 157
CITALOPRAM HBR 141 136 31 18
TRAZODONE HCL 137 103 32 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 121 119 33 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 96 34 13
FENTANYL 115 115 S2 35 57
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 103 78 36 22
NAMENDA 102 102 37 39
PREDNISONE 101 78 38 30
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 99 99 39 72
NOVOLOG 95 83 40 91
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 95 74 40 165
SPIRIVA 92 90 42 48
ATENOLOL 91 80 43 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 89 61 44 92
AGGRENOX 89 89 44 136
HYDRALAZINE HCL 86 75 46 95
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 85 53 47 94
CRESTOR 81 81 48 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 79 79 49 42
LANOXIN 76 64 50 259
ROPINIROLE HCL 69 69 51 74
MIRTAZAPINE 68 68 52 60
VANCOMYCIN HCL 66 19 53 319
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 54 53 113
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 32 55 21
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65 65 55 69
RISPERIDONE 62 24 57 98
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 57 58 16
LACTULOSE 61 59 58 119
BUSPIRONE HCL 60 36 60 135
DILTIAZEM ER 57 54 61 102
METOLAZONE 55 55 62 216
CLONIDINE HCL 55 38 62 70
LATANOPROST 54 53 64 208
ASMANEX 53 49 65 154
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 52 41 66 230
FLUNISOLIDE 52 52 66 232
AVONEX 51 0 68 351
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.