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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,489Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 917

$916K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 917

503 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

36% of this provider’s 503 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 503 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 15,866 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% 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 $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
FUROSEMIDE 719 544 1 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 718 637 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 682 570 3 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 658 567 4 10
LISINOPRIL 644 509 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 546 462 6 11
OXYCODONE HCL 507 412 S2 7 27
FENTANYL 487 343 S2 8 58
CITALOPRAM HBR 450 397 9 15
GABAPENTIN 406 325 10 17
MIRTAZAPINE 361 311 11 39
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 337 238 S3 12 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 326 297 13 16
OMEPRAZOLE 325 254 14 4
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 305 182 S2 15 48
DONEPEZIL HCL 295 294 16 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 289 259 17 5
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 237 219 18 52
BACLOFEN 230 133 19 82
RANITIDINE HCL 211 166 20 29
METFORMIN HCL 203 149 21 8
NAMENDA 203 202 21 43
SERTRALINE HCL 202 183 23 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 192 148 24 75
CYMBALTA 188 136 25 56
CLOPIDOGREL 176 143 26 50
TRAZODONE HCL 169 106 27 22
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 166 115 28 155
RISPERIDONE 165 124 29 51
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 163 121 30 132
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 153 144 31 9
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 150 128 32 86
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 149 142 S2 33 46
GLIPIZIDE 146 131 34 40
HYDRALAZINE HCL 142 115 35 90
TRAMADOL HCL 133 123 36 28
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 126 124 37 150
CARVEDILOL 125 92 38 33
ATENOLOL 118 118 39 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 116 100 40 18
PREDNISONE 115 105 41 34
FLUOXETINE HCL 114 45 42 38
DIGOXIN 112 111 43 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 84 44 14
LIDODERM 110 107 45 64
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 108 67 46 44
PROCRIT 108 108 46 315
MORPHINE SULFATE 107 33 S2 48 173
LANTUS 104 87 49 37
ADVAIR DISKUS 102 93 50 47
LEVETIRACETAM 100 73 51 120
TAMIFLU 99 99 52 285
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 77 53 25
SPIRIVA 97 83 54 45
METHADONE HCL 96 19 S2 55 59
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 92 89 56 95
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 89 60 57 63
PRAZOSIN HCL 88 87 58 195
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 87 85 59 159
OXYCONTIN 85 78 S2 60 100
LEVOFLOXACIN 80 72 61 138
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 79 78 62 13
RAMIPRIL 78 78 63 128
SEROQUEL 77 68 64 119
SPIRONOLACTONE 76 41 65 55
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 58 66 134
CEPHALEXIN 72 60 67 105
PLAVIX 72 67 67 84
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 70 63 69 116
NYSTATIN 68 52 70 171
OLANZAPINE 68 26 70 103
PEN NEEDLE 66 49 72 99
ENULOSE 65 53 73 229
EXELON 64 64 74 207
FAMOTIDINE 64 58 74 91
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 57 74 66
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 52 77 114
PROMETHAZINE HCL 61 30 R 78 141
GENERLAC 61 25 78 219
AGGRENOX 59 59 80 186
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 58 56 81 70
ALLOPURINOL 57 56 82 31
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 56 53 83 257
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 54 45 84 237
CLONIDINE HCL 54 54 84 85
CARBAMAZEPINE 53 53 86 221
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 42 87 88
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 51 44 87 197
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 51 21 S2 87 168
NOVOLOG 50 45 90 98
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 48 90 165
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 50 90 23
RENVELA 50 31 90 225
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.