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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,049Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 506 out of 3647

$751K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 478 out of 3647

854 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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 Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 854 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 854 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,723 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Florida
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 652 582 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 552 511 2 1
LISINOPRIL 515 484 3 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 471 417 4 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 470 461 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 365 312 6 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 357 329 7 7
FUROSEMIDE 354 316 8 8
NAMENDA 278 273 9 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 272 272 10 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 239 193 11 24
METFORMIN HCL 233 200 12 6
GABAPENTIN 211 177 13 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 205 192 14 28
CLOPIDOGREL 199 187 15 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 196 182 16 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 178 157 17 13
CARVEDILOL 174 156 18 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 165 152 19 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 154 20 9
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 150 118 21 35
PLAVIX 143 130 22 39
AZITHROMYCIN 141 124 23 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 139 136 24 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 134 122 25 25
SERTRALINE HCL 128 121 26 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 122 108 27 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 121 121 28 65
MELOXICAM 119 110 29 33
PREDNISONE 119 106 29 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 117 114 31 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 115 115 32 56
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 109 93 33 14
DIGOXIN 109 102 33 51
RANITIDINE HCL 108 81 35 29
ATENOLOL 108 94 35 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 86 37 36
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 93 70 S3 38 12
TRAMADOL HCL 93 84 38 22
MIRTAZAPINE 90 89 40 63
ALLOPURINOL 83 71 41 37
LANTUS 83 83 41 59
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 71 43 32
FAMOTIDINE 75 70 44 61
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 66 44 53
LOVASTATIN 75 74 44 21
NOVOLOG 74 74 47 123
ALPRAZOLAM 62 45 48 31
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 62 60 48 145
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 61 58 S3 50 149
KLOR-CON M10 61 60 50 227
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 60 59 52 127
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 52 S2 52 91
CLONIDINE HCL 60 59 52 46
FINASTERIDE 60 56 52 66
GLUCAGEN 58 58 56 425
FENTANYL 56 56 S2 57 147
SYNTHROID 56 40 57 42
LEXAPRO 55 55 59 177
EXELON 54 54 60 129
TERAZOSIN HCL 54 51 60 103
GLIPIZIDE 51 39 62 41
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 51 48 62 84
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 43 64 38
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. 21, 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.