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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,009Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 288 out of 1171

$428K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 291 out of 1171

271 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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
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this specialty
in Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 271 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 271 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,793 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 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 Virginia
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 306 283 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 246 212 2 1
HEPARIN SODIUM 184 140 3 204
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 177 149 4 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 171 146 5 11
LISINOPRIL 163 145 6 3
OMEPRAZOLE 148 122 7 5
FUROSEMIDE 128 121 8 6
JANTOVEN 112 55 9 147
FAMOTIDINE 109 86 10 75
LANTUS 107 75 11 46
SERTRALINE HCL 104 98 12 23
DIOVAN 102 93 13 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 92 14 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 78 15 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 79 68 16 17
NAMENDA 78 78 17 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 77 72 18 34
SINGULAIR 73 69 19 78
METFORMIN HCL 71 62 20 7
GABAPENTIN 66 49 21 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 65 65 22 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 65 55 22 10
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 42 24 51
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 59 25 9
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 42 S2 26 59
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 54 28 27 264
NYSTATIN 52 49 28 128
CLOPIDOGREL 51 41 29 35
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 29 107
CARVEDILOL 51 49 29 20
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. 9, 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.