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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,890Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 181 out of 2056

$427K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 116 out of 2056

257 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%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

12% of this provider’s 257 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 257 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 4,099 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 663 259 S3 1 5
LISINOPRIL 316 253 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 168 133 3 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 167 92 4 23
GABAPENTIN 161 109 5 14
OMEPRAZOLE 151 95 6 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 122 7 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 138 84 8 15
METFORMIN HCL 129 92 9 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 125 106 10 6
SIMVASTATIN 107 96 11 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 103 100 12 17
SERTRALINE HCL 92 54 13 25
OLANZAPINE 91 0 14 83
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87 68 15 26
FUROSEMIDE 82 59 16 9
LEVOXYL 77 45 17 133
CYMBALTA 71 0 18 59
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 70 34 19 82
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 66 0 S2 20 36
METHOCARBAMOL 64 23 R 21 65
FLUOXETINE HCL 64 25 21 33
PREMARIN 62 38 R 23 177
RANITIDINE HCL 62 0 23 22
TRAMADOL HCL 61 21 25 27
NAMENDA 58 58 26 62
METHADONE HCL 57 0 S2 27 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 56 56 28 12
CARISOPRODOL 52 0 R 29 97
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50 50 30 19
SPIRIVA 50 49 30 42
FENTANYL 50 24 S2 30 56
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. 18, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.