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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,953Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 288

$474K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 87 out of 288

606 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

3% of this provider’s 606 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 606 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,704 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 905 785 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 564 520 2 2
ATENOLOL 536 477 3 10
FUROSEMIDE 512 445 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 449 419 5 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 340 338 6 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 331 297 7 11
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 296 291 8 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 274 250 9 40
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 274 257 9 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 270 265 11 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 249 225 12 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 208 175 13 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 204 194 14 13
METFORMIN HCL 203 167 15 12
LISINOPRIL 202 179 16 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 182 159 S3 17 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 172 129 18 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 153 153 19 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 145 145 20 15
GLYBURIDE 137 113 R 21 59
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 120 22 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 132 132 23 20
CLOPIDOGREL 131 114 24 47
PREDNISONE 126 121 25 30
NAMENDA 125 113 26 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 114 102 27 64
MIRTAZAPINE 109 107 28 60
CITALOPRAM HBR 109 108 28 18
LOVASTATIN 105 100 30 46
PLAVIX 104 83 31 71
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 98 97 32 75
ALLOPURINOL 97 68 33 23
NIFEDIPINE ER 97 92 33 140
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 87 79 R 35 65
CARVEDILOL 84 80 36 27
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 77 37 62
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 80 61 38 22
DIGOXIN 77 77 39 51
PROPRANOLOL HCL 77 54 39 90
SERTRALINE HCL 76 61 41 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 72 42 41
RANITIDINE HCL 71 71 43 33
KLOR-CON 10 69 69 44 66
CRESTOR 67 59 45 26
VYTORIN 66 66 46 150
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 62 R 47 73
GABAPENTIN 65 60 47 17
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 65 64 47 240
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 63 50 38
FENTANYL 61 61 S2 51 57
VERAPAMIL ER 57 54 52 97
TRAMADOL HCL 56 55 53 19
CHLORTHALIDONE 54 46 54 149
PAROXETINE HCL 53 29 55 54
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 52 52 56 188
CELEBREX 52 52 56 84
GLIMEPIRIDE 50 50 58 32
NITROSTAT 50 49 58 156
AZITHROMYCIN 50 44 58 49
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 Jan. 22, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.