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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,842Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 917

$670K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 917

540 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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

15% of this provider’s 540 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 540 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 11,206 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 711 592 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 679 508 2 4
LISINOPRIL 580 470 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 540 405 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 469 406 5 5
ATENOLOL 453 388 6 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 429 327 7 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 376 309 8 10
METFORMIN HCL 354 261 9 8
LOVASTATIN 333 290 10 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 313 246 11 14
FUROSEMIDE 310 255 12 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 306 225 S3 13 6
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 277 203 14 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 252 209 15 15
GABAPENTIN 246 148 16 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 204 187 17 18
ETODOLAC 193 171 18 182
SERTRALINE HCL 182 153 19 24
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 179 145 20 79
DIGOXIN 179 152 20 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 169 123 22 13
TRAZODONE HCL 160 116 23 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 154 132 24 11
RANITIDINE HCL 150 124 25 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 149 87 26 38
METFORMIN HCL ER 146 122 27 69
PROAIR HFA 142 84 28 35
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 137 46 S2 29 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 126 101 30 21
SPIRIVA 114 95 31 45
TRAMADOL HCL 114 76 31 28
PREDNISONE 105 87 33 34
OXYCODONE HCL 100 54 S2 34 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 98 94 35 16
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 96 36 36 63
LANTUS 95 58 37 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95 84 37 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 63 39 47
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 90 43 R 40 65
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 88 63 41 78
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 88 42 S2 41 48
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 81 69 43 70
AZITHROMYCIN 73 54 44 61
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 57 45 42
VENLAFAXINE HCL 70 64 46 179
PROPRANOLOL HCL 70 69 46 126
GLIPIZIDE XL 69 68 48 142
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 68 53 R 49 67
SPIRONOLACTONE 68 55 49 55
ALLOPURINOL 68 63 49 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 66 52 23
HUMALOG 64 49 53 151
PEN NEEDLE 64 24 53 99
CARVEDILOL 63 59 55 33
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 62 45 56 76
CYMBALTA 61 32 57 56
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 60 58 74
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 57 55 59 20
CLOPIDOGREL 54 47 60 50
VERAPAMIL ER 51 34 61 145
METHADONE HCL 51 15 S2 61 59
CRESTOR 50 36 63 30
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 Jan. 8, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.