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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,252Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 47 out of 917

$602K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 74 out of 917

470 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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

8% of this provider’s 470 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 470 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 9,814 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LISINOPRIL 487 364 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 430 329 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 391 330 3 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 384 341 4 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 373 310 5 20
SIMVASTATIN 310 271 6 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 298 274 7 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 292 256 8 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 228 175 9 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 155 10 9
TRAMADOL HCL 194 172 11 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 192 164 12 18
SPIRIVA 185 153 13 45
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 182 158 14 13
MIRTAZAPINE 182 147 14 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 180 121 16 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 175 155 17 11
ATENOLOL 171 135 18 12
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 155 136 19 74
SPIRONOLACTONE 148 132 20 55
METFORMIN HCL 147 119 21 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 140 135 22 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 134 93 S3 23 6
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 133 101 24 78
ADVAIR DISKUS 133 114 24 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 132 113 26 14
PROAIR HFA 119 97 27 35
SERTRALINE HCL 115 99 28 24
LOVASTATIN 113 81 29 19
GABAPENTIN 111 76 30 17
DIGOXIN 97 89 31 41
GLIPIZIDE 94 72 32 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 93 85 33 70
ALLOPURINOL 93 78 33 31
PREDNISONE 92 81 35 34
METFORMIN HCL ER 92 63 35 69
MELOXICAM 91 59 37 53
RANITIDINE HCL 89 61 38 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 85 70 39 66
TRAZODONE HCL 82 69 40 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 79 73 41 32
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 73 17 42 260
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 55 43 26
BUSPIRONE HCL 67 54 44 160
VENTOLIN HFA 66 31 45 135
NAMENDA 64 52 46 43
DILTIAZEM ER 64 57 46 106
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64 48 46 95
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 61 44 49 36
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 35 49 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 58 51 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 50 52 23
BUPROPION HCL SR 58 37 52 101
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 58 56 52 132
BACLOFEN 55 23 55 82
KLOR-CON 10 54 48 56 115
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 54 49 56 136
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 53 33 58 123
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53 32 R 58 65
FENOFIBRATE 50 25 60 73
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 25 60 63
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 Feb. 1, 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.