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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,208Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 2056

$596K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 2056

518 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 518 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 518 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,716 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 Washington
LISINOPRIL 653 560 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 465 442 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 451 346 S3 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 414 372 4 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 339 307 5 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 305 284 6 11
OMEPRAZOLE 290 240 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 271 221 8 8
SERTRALINE HCL 235 200 9 25
SIMVASTATIN 228 200 10 2
ATENOLOL 223 180 11 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 218 189 12 18
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 213 120 S2 13 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 206 184 14 7
GABAPENTIN 191 148 15 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 188 178 16 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 182 132 17 15
RANITIDINE HCL 165 130 18 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 160 135 19 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 156 139 20 17
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 150 136 21 46
WARFARIN SODIUM 139 122 22 12
LOVASTATIN 131 125 23 16
LANTUS 124 96 24 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 121 25 13
CARVEDILOL 119 106 26 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 110 108 27 19
TRAZODONE HCL 110 69 27 21
PREDNISONE 105 88 29 38
MIRTAZAPINE 98 98 30 45
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 97 80 31 50
SPIRONOLACTONE 96 83 32 63
DIGOXIN 94 88 33 53
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 76 33 34
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 92 46 S2 35 36
CRESTOR 91 88 36 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 88 65 37 23
RISPERIDONE 77 70 38 48
BUSPIRONE HCL 76 62 39 102
AVODART 75 63 40 195
ULTRA COMFORT 74 56 41 304
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 74 58 41 20
PROPRANOLOL HCL 68 39 43 123
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 68 59 43 116
TRAMADOL HCL 68 43 43 27
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 39 46 98
PROAIR HFA 66 40 47 29
SYNTHROID 66 66 47 112
PAROXETINE HCL 65 56 49 58
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 65 59 49 82
VENLAFAXINE HCL 64 52 51 194
CLONIDINE HCL 62 45 52 92
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 62 52 52 73
TERAZOSIN HCL 62 38 52 106
CLOPIDOGREL 61 52 55 72
NAMENDA 57 57 56 62
SPIRIVA 57 57 56 42
AZITHROMYCIN 55 43 58 54
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 49 58 26
GLIPIZIDE 54 52 60 39
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 53 33 61 69
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 33 62 31
NEXIUM 52 27 62 71
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 48 62 101
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 51 50 65 206
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 14 R 65 60
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, 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.