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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,550Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 917

$643K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 59 out of 917

537 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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

18% of this provider’s 537 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 537 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,023 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
LISINOPRIL 641 536 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 554 444 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 517 464 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 471 408 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 466 403 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 440 390 6 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 367 290 S3 7 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 298 277 8 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 291 253 9 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 262 262 10 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 253 208 11 14
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 244 130 S2 12 48
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 232 207 13 20
SERTRALINE HCL 224 177 14 24
ATENOLOL 222 185 15 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 204 175 16 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 184 148 17 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 174 171 18 25
PAROXETINE HCL 174 139 18 57
RANITIDINE HCL 174 155 18 29
NAPROXEN 163 134 21 107
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 151 129 22 11
PREDNISONE 151 122 22 34
METFORMIN HCL 150 104 24 8
GABAPENTIN 143 100 25 17
METFORMIN HCL ER 142 121 26 69
CITALOPRAM HBR 137 113 27 15
TERAZOSIN HCL 135 127 28 108
ALLOPURINOL 128 99 29 31
METHOCARBAMOL 119 76 R 30 87
LOVASTATIN 114 86 31 19
METHADONE HCL 109 48 S2 32 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 102 83 33 44
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 81 34 9
TRAZODONE HCL 96 66 35 22
DILTIAZEM ER 92 71 36 106
ADVAIR DISKUS 92 69 36 47
TRICOR 90 71 38 163
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 89 85 39 13
CRESTOR 87 78 40 30
OXYCODONE HCL 84 32 S2 41 27
PROAIR HFA 82 55 42 35
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 74 70 43 123
RISPERIDONE 74 61 43 51
CARVEDILOL 71 63 45 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 58 45 21
NEXIUM 67 47 47 60
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 67 61 47 36
SPIRIVA 66 47 49 45
DIGOXIN 64 64 50 41
TRAMADOL HCL 62 43 51 28
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 60 40 52 235
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 35 53 55
CYMBALTA 58 36 54 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 58 54 95
LACTULOSE 57 45 56 133
HYDRALAZINE HCL 56 36 57 90
LIPITOR 56 47 57 89
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 42 S2 59 46
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 22 R 60 141
CLOPIDOGREL 50 44 61 50
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 Sept. 8, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.