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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,568Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 267 out of 761

$378K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 238 out of 761

426 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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 Oregon
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 426 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 426 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 6,005 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 Oregon
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 354 338 1 3
LISINOPRIL 254 236 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 253 237 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 192 183 4 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 190 174 5 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 180 153 S3 6 5
OMEPRAZOLE 147 136 7 4
SERTRALINE HCL 124 124 8 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 122 112 9 22
FUROSEMIDE 120 116 10 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 105 91 11 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 91 12 11
TRAZODONE HCL 93 82 13 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 86 83 14 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 85 72 15 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 84 84 16 18
ATENOLOL 84 84 16 8
LOVASTATIN 79 79 18 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 74 19 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 73 20 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73 72 20 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 60 22 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 65 23 13
MIRTAZAPINE 68 61 23 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 63 25 31
SPIRIVA 58 58 26 56
ESTRADIOL 57 50 R 27 80
CYMBALTA 57 33 27 53
GABAPENTIN 55 49 29 15
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 Oct. 25, 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.