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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,274Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 225 out of 761

$345K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 269 out of 761

437 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

11% of this provider’s 437 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 437 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,695 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
SIMVASTATIN 380 324 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 240 222 2 6
LOVASTATIN 226 183 3 17
OMEPRAZOLE 221 151 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 219 180 5 3
LISINOPRIL 204 173 6 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 184 133 7 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 183 157 8 9
FUROSEMIDE 172 147 9 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 162 122 S3 10 5
METFORMIN HCL 160 132 11 10
GABAPENTIN 142 92 12 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 142 134 12 16
ATENOLOL 135 111 14 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 125 82 15 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 117 117 16 14
CARVEDILOL 110 90 17 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 107 103 18 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 103 89 19 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 99 20 11
PROAIR HFA 101 60 20 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 92 87 22 48
OXYCODONE HCL 89 69 S2 23 24
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 87 85 24 71
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 66 25 12
SERTRALINE HCL 73 56 26 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 46 27 27
BENAZEPRIL HCL 58 58 28 112
ALLOPURINOL 58 58 28 28
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 57 57 30 55
TRAZODONE HCL 54 32 31 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 53 32 21
CLOPIDOGREL 53 41 32 66
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 50 0 34 76
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 23, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.