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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,701Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 145 out of 1171

$542K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 189 out of 1171

382 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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 Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 382 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 382 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,642 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Virginia
OMEPRAZOLE 698 539 1 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 519 422 2 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 468 328 3 9
SIMVASTATIN 457 362 4 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 386 314 5 11
LISINOPRIL 289 177 6 3
FELODIPINE ER 270 188 7 165
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 260 167 S3 8 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 243 171 9 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 242 188 10 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 219 175 11 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 205 162 12 10
FUROSEMIDE 191 141 13 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 187 146 14 4
NEXIUM 173 97 15 25
SPIRONOLACTONE 171 162 16 53
ADVAIR DISKUS 150 69 17 51
GABAPENTIN 150 92 17 16
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 148 126 19 73
TRAMADOL HCL 142 95 20 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 140 108 21 33
PROAIR HFA 135 77 22 49
METFORMIN HCL 131 94 23 7
CLOPIDOGREL 127 81 24 35
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 75 S2 25 59
CITALOPRAM HBR 113 67 26 22
LOVASTATIN 113 84 26 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 110 73 28 30
CLONIDINE HCL 106 73 29 45
PLAVIX 104 61 30 55
METFORMIN HCL ER 103 90 31 52
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 98 82 32 82
COLCRYS 91 75 33 159
SERTRALINE HCL 88 74 34 23
IBUPROFEN 76 20 35 80
CARVEDILOL 75 61 36 20
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 73 53 37 58
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 71 38 40
LANTUS 67 37 39 46
GLIPIZIDE 67 44 39 47
ATENOLOL 66 53 41 15
PEN NEEDLE 65 27 42 122
KLOR-CON M20 62 48 43 41
LIPITOR 61 38 44 92
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 60 56 45 19
ALLOPURINOL 60 49 45 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 59 50 47 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 58 38 48 44
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 46 R 49 74
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56 47 50 90
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 55 26 R 51 67
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 54 34 52 219
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 53 49 S3 53 121
SPIRIVA 52 23 54 57
GLIPIZIDE ER 52 39 54 86
INSULIN SYRINGE 52 35 54 71
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 27 57 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51 11 57 21
RANITIDINE HCL 51 50 57 38
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 Nov. 19, 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.