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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,500Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 58 out of 917

$841K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 917

574 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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

7% of this provider’s 574 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 574 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 10,477 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
SIMVASTATIN 441 424 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 422 387 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 371 358 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 309 278 S3 4 6
LISINOPRIL 280 230 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 229 216 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 204 190 7 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 200 185 8 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 180 163 9 14
SERTRALINE HCL 174 172 10 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 172 158 11 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 154 12 42
GABAPENTIN 159 151 13 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 159 147 13 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 155 143 15 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 154 151 16 23
ATENOLOL 149 144 17 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 137 18 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 144 128 19 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 142 139 20 62
METFORMIN HCL ER 139 139 21 69
SPIRIVA 138 131 22 45
LOVASTATIN 131 123 23 19
PREDNISONE 126 122 24 34
MELOXICAM 122 96 25 53
TRAZODONE HCL 118 102 26 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 116 112 27 10
METFORMIN HCL 115 99 28 8
NAMENDA 114 114 29 43
ALLOPURINOL 105 104 30 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 96 83 31 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 93 78 32 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 89 33 47
PROAIR HFA 88 85 34 35
TRAMADOL HCL 85 67 35 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 84 84 36 11
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 84 77 36 76
CRESTOR 82 82 38 30
CARVEDILOL 82 79 38 33
FENTANYL 78 64 S2 40 58
VYTORIN 77 54 41 214
NEXIUM 77 62 41 60
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75 75 43 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74 70 44 26
AZITHROMYCIN 69 68 45 61
CARBAMAZEPINE 67 41 46 221
DIGOXIN 64 64 47 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 61 58 48 15
FENOFIBRATE 60 35 49 73
CLOPIDOGREL 59 50 50 50
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 58 51 95
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 46 51 63
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 55 55 53 66
DIOVAN 55 55 53 49
PEN NEEDLE 55 34 53 99
JANUVIA 55 50 53 81
RANITIDINE HCL 55 55 53 29
SYNTHROID 53 46 58 68
GLIPIZIDE 52 52 59 40
VERAPAMIL ER 51 51 60 145
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 50 49 61 197
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 50 61 70
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 Sept. 6, 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.