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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,404Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 178

$380K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 178

455 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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
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this specialty
in District of Columbia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 455 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 455 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,136 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 District of Columbia
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 411 286 1 1
LISINOPRIL 309 241 2 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 256 165 3 5
METFORMIN HCL 230 151 4 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 217 128 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 186 150 6 3
NEXIUM 140 98 7 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 137 123 8 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 130 89 9 11
GABAPENTIN 111 34 10 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 93 53 11 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 93 53 11 63
OMEPRAZOLE 91 60 13 9
ATENOLOL 90 53 14 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 54 15 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 82 65 16 12
PROAIR HFA 78 43 17 35
GLIPIZIDE ER 73 50 18 80
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 73 18 33
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 69 46 S3 20 20
GLIPIZIDE XL 69 43 20 145
LANTUS 68 39 22 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL 68 46 22 24
CARVEDILOL 66 52 24 27
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 63 57 25 153
LIPITOR 63 35 25 62
FUROSEMIDE 62 57 27 6
CLOPIDOGREL 62 52 27 36
SERTRALINE HCL 60 31 29 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 30 30 49
TRAMADOL HCL 55 28 30 30
SPIRIVA 51 35 32 65
NIFEDIPINE ER 50 36 33 34
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 24 S2 33 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 April 18, 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.