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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,726Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 917

$2.39M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 917

300 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 300 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 300 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,643 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$174 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 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
OXYCODONE HCL 430 65 S2 1 27
OMEPRAZOLE 343 195 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 323 154 3 3
GABAPENTIN 274 94 4 17
TRUVADA 263 17 5 152
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 257 79 S3 6 6
SIMVASTATIN 233 133 7 2
LISINOPRIL 229 146 8 1
FUROSEMIDE 209 121 9 7
MIRTAZAPINE 199 98 10 39
ACYCLOVIR 190 13 11 199
NORVIR 186 12 12 162
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 182 26 13 134
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 164 0 S2 14 48
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 159 134 15 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 155 91 16 16
ISENTRESS 152 14 17 208
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 149 63 18 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 142 94 19 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 141 47 20 21
METFORMIN HCL 141 70 20 8
ANDROGEL 140 0 S3 22 290
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 139 48 23 26
METHADONE HCL 134 0 S2 24 59
TRAZODONE HCL 128 49 25 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 126 69 26 15
SERTRALINE HCL 123 60 27 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 120 69 28 11
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 112 17 S3 29 256
RANITIDINE HCL 110 46 30 29
PROAIR HFA 105 28 31 35
OXYCONTIN 105 0 S2 31 100
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 103 0 33 116
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 102 41 34 79
FLUCONAZOLE 100 0 35 253
EPZICOM 96 0 36 271
ATENOLOL 93 58 37 12
LEXIVA 93 0 37 273
LIDODERM 93 61 37 64
PAROXETINE HCL 92 31 40 57
RISPERIDONE 91 49 41 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 91 91 41 32
KETOCONAZOLE 90 13 43 185
OXANDROLONE 87 11 10 44 329
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 28 S2 45 46
NAMENDA 81 81 46 43
NEXIUM 81 24 46 60
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 39 46 18
GLIMEPIRIDE 79 32 49 54
MORPHINE SULFATE 75 0 S2 50 173
BACLOFEN 72 26 51 82
WARFARIN SODIUM 72 49 51 10
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 71 0 R 53 65
SPIRIVA 70 32 54 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 40 55 38
OLANZAPINE 68 26 55 103
SELZENTRY 67 0 57 298
VALACYCLOVIR 66 17 58 349
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 66 0 S2 58 349
REYATAZ 66 12 58 218
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 65 42 61 13
LOVASTATIN 63 25 62 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 11 62 44
ATRIPLA 61 0 64 238
LOVAZA 61 0 64 154
BUPROPION HCL SR 59 13 66 101
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 58 21 67 75
CYMBALTA 57 19 68 56
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 57 26 68 74
SEROQUEL 57 47 68 119
ABILIFY 57 37 68 172
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 57 30 68 66
CRESTOR 56 0 73 30
CARISOPRODOL 54 0 R 74 144
TAMSULOSIN HCL 54 38 74 25
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 53 0 76 298
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 34 77 9
PREZISTA 51 0 77 271
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 51 0 77 235
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 51 30 77 117
ALLOPURINOL 50 50 81 31
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 30, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.