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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,113Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 63 out of 1171

$634K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 125 out of 1171

563 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 563 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,609 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

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 660 464 1 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 616 528 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 607 437 S3 3 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 487 331 4 13
LISINOPRIL 486 359 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 451 352 6 4
ATENOLOL 402 346 7 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 361 269 8 26
METFORMIN HCL 354 213 9 7
SIMVASTATIN 345 266 10 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 323 264 11 11
FUROSEMIDE 313 214 12 6
SERTRALINE HCL 272 219 13 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 193 14 9
MELOXICAM 216 148 14 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 206 190 16 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 203 148 17 19
BENAZEPRIL HCL 187 173 18 83
WARFARIN SODIUM 174 151 19 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 170 144 20 70
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 168 133 21 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 166 166 22 24
PREDNISONE 160 146 23 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 155 126 24 76
GABAPENTIN 154 109 25 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 137 26 28
TRAZODONE HCL 145 123 27 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 141 112 28 33
CLONIDINE HCL 139 112 29 45
NEXIUM 135 103 30 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 127 110 31 21
ALLOPURINOL 115 76 32 31
PROAIR HFA 110 71 33 49
AZITHROMYCIN 108 75 34 43
GLIPIZIDE ER 102 72 35 86
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 78 36 14
PROPRANOLOL HCL 96 67 37 134
CARVEDILOL 91 87 38 20
NAMENDA 88 88 39 42
RANITIDINE HCL 87 55 40 38
KLOR-CON M20 86 78 41 41
DIOVAN HCT 85 70 42 65
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 82 58 43 73
PAROXETINE HCL 79 58 44 62
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 79 76 44 58
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 77 51 R 46 74
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 64 47 40
TRAMADOL HCL 76 61 47 18
SYNTHROID 75 74 49 48
GEMFIBROZIL 73 47 50 117
SPIRIVA 71 66 51 57
IBUPROFEN 70 26 52 80
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 52 53 61
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 67 36 R 54 67
CLOPIDOGREL 66 64 55 35
LOVAZA 64 45 56 118
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 63 37 57 137
AMOXICILLIN 60 36 58 111
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 29 59 278
METHOTREXATE 59 59 59 251
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 37 59 29
ZETIA 58 37 62 63
CITALOPRAM HBR 56 45 63 22
METFORMIN HCL ER 55 41 64 52
MIRTAZAPINE 53 41 65 50
GLIPIZIDE XL 52 49 66 124
INSULIN SYRINGE 52 36 66 71
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 30 68 90
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 30 68 109
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 51 41 68 44
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 16, 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.