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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,144Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 917

$826K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 917

515 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 515 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 515 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,153 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 Washington
WARFARIN SODIUM 899 868 1 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 814 814 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 569 555 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 565 546 4 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 502 475 5 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 464 441 6 16
LISINOPRIL 441 420 7 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 417 391 8 5
GABAPENTIN 400 374 9 17
MIRTAZAPINE 387 361 10 39
SIMVASTATIN 361 318 11 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 343 341 12 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 326 326 13 32
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 258 227 14 66
METFORMIN HCL 253 226 15 8
RANITIDINE HCL 252 252 16 29
OXYCODONE HCL 245 223 S2 17 27
NAMENDA 215 215 18 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 215 215 18 25
TRAZODONE HCL 208 192 20 22
SERTRALINE HCL 203 191 21 24
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 202 202 22 86
FENTANYL 198 175 S2 23 58
LIDODERM 198 197 23 64
ATENOLOL 197 194 25 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 189 164 26 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 179 27 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 184 182 S3 28 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 180 180 29 13
PREDNISONE 178 178 30 34
DIGOXIN 168 157 31 41
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 158 153 S2 32 48
DIOVAN 134 132 33 49
LOVASTATIN 132 132 34 19
GLIPIZIDE 125 125 35 40
ALLOPURINOL 125 109 35 31
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 124 123 37 52
LACTULOSE 119 119 38 133
TRAMADOL HCL 118 118 39 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 114 104 40 14
LANTUS 113 96 41 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 112 112 42 26
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 101 101 43 177
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 89 88 44 70
BACLOFEN 86 42 45 82
RISPERIDONE 86 86 45 51
CYMBALTA 86 86 45 56
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85 83 48 21
VESICARE 85 85 48 166
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 84 71 50 23
LOPERAMIDE 80 78 51 243
SEROQUEL 78 78 52 119
LAMOTRIGINE 76 38 53 175
LEVETIRACETAM 75 54 54 120
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 70 55 55
ROPINIROLE HCL 72 60 56 88
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 68 68 57 134
CARVEDILOL 67 67 58 33
OXYCONTIN 66 45 S2 59 100
LATANOPROST 65 64 60 231
GALANTAMINE HBR 63 63 61 222
CLOPIDOGREL 62 60 62 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 54 63 72
LIPITOR 60 47 64 89
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 60 55 64 96
AZITHROMYCIN 58 57 66 61
CEPHALEXIN 58 56 66 105
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 56 37 68 150
AMOXICILLIN 55 55 69 180
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 47 69 138
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 55 54 69 136
EVISTA 54 54 72 130
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 53 73 74
TAMIFLU 53 52 73 285
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 53 49 73 165
DETROL LA 50 50 76 243
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 50 49 S2 76 168
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.