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Prescriber Checkup

DONALD SKILLMAN M.D.

503 ROBERT GRANT AVE WALTER REED ARMY INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH

Silver spring | Maryland | 20910

(301) 319-9797

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Infectious Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,615Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 51

$615K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 51

337 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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 Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 337 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 337 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,182 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 50%.

Prescription Price

$81 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $337 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 Maryland
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 401 334 1 12
SIMVASTATIN 293 262 2 10
FUROSEMIDE 246 192 3 15
LISINOPRIL 246 190 3 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 236 222 5 17
OMEPRAZOLE 230 180 6 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 169 141 7 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 163 142 8 8
METFORMIN HCL 151 103 9 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 148 108 10 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 141 134 11 11
ATENOLOL 130 118 12 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 119 13 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 114 14 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 120 71 S3 15 43
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 106 16 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 89 82 17 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 87 73 18 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 86 50 19 13
SPIRONOLACTONE 84 79 20 53
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 77 60 21 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 45 22 56
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 71 71 23 40
PREDNISONE 66 55 24 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 66 24 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 63 53 26 63
NAMENDA 62 50 27 64
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 58 28 66
METFORMIN HCL ER 60 53 28 66
FINASTERIDE 56 56 30 73
GABAPENTIN 53 18 31 21
LANTUS 51 50 32 39
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 Aug. 22, 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.