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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,574Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 176 out of 917

$311K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 315 out of 917

325 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 6,025 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 699 664 1 5
PROMETHAZINE HCL 493 104 R 2 141
CLONIDINE HCL 427 73 3 85
OMEPRAZOLE 356 303 4 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 221 221 5 14
AZITHROMYCIN 175 135 6 61
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 166 161 7 23
LISINOPRIL 158 153 8 1
LIDODERM 156 155 9 64
SIMVASTATIN 152 147 10 2
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 139 136 11 161
DIOVAN 138 138 12 49
ACTOS 128 120 13 112
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 118 106 14 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 106 14 9
DOXEPIN HCL 117 24 16 224
BACLOFEN 106 63 17 82
ATENOLOL 104 80 18 12
MELOXICAM 93 76 19 53
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 80 15 R 20 65
PATANOL 80 79 20 212
GLIPIZIDE 79 79 22 40
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 79 19 R 22 240
LIPITOR 75 74 24 89
ALLOPURINOL 71 71 25 31
IBUPROFEN 69 0 26 97
TAMSULOSIN HCL 68 59 27 25
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 67 64 28 96
VOLTAREN 65 62 29 149
DIOVAN HCT 65 61 29 118
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 65 29 44
GLYBURIDE 64 63 R 32 71
METFORMIN HCL 63 62 33 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 62 57 34 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 48 35 13
LANSOPRAZOLE 55 51 36 259
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 54 54 37 18
BENICAR 50 50 38 104
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.