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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,324Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 143 out of 1206

$422K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 256 out of 1206

428 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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

6% of this provider’s 428 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 428 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,750 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 21%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 587 554 1 8
FUROSEMIDE 522 503 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 496 478 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 357 334 4 2
LISINOPRIL 335 297 5 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 264 263 6 9
METFORMIN HCL 257 220 7 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 252 249 8 12
ATENOLOL 243 215 9 14
LOVASTATIN 242 202 10 44
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232 214 11 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 216 206 12 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 209 205 13 16
SERTRALINE HCL 193 175 14 22
GABAPENTIN 186 163 15 18
SIMVASTATIN 182 182 16 1
TRAMADOL HCL 179 179 17 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 163 157 18 21
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 159 159 19 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 159 159 19 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 156 155 21 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 138 138 22 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 135 135 23 26
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 132 132 24 70
ALLOPURINOL 116 116 25 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 110 25 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 104 104 27 29
LANTUS 98 98 28 38
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 96 93 S3 29 7
GEMFIBROZIL 91 77 30 71
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 88 87 31 20
DILTIAZEM ER 85 81 32 83
RANITIDINE HCL 84 84 33 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 81 34 19
CARVEDILOL 80 80 35 32
CLOPIDOGREL 78 78 36 48
GLYBURIDE 78 78 R 36 69
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 74 38 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 61 39 42
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 67 40 55
SPIRONOLACTONE 68 64 41 41
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 66 R 42 59
PREDNISONE 62 62 43 28
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 58 43 67
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 61 53 45 68
DIGOXIN 58 58 46 43
SPIRIVA 58 58 46 66
METFORMIN HCL ER 54 54 48 58
PLAVIX 53 53 49 72
GLIPIZIDE 53 53 49 64
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 47 51 61
CEPHALEXIN 51 50 52 62
FENTANYL 50 50 S2 53 51
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 May 22, 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.