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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,784Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 525 out of 3647

$836K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 374 out of 3647

398 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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 Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 398 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 398 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 12,738 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Florida
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 450 445 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 444 419 2 3
METFORMIN HCL 343 322 3 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 303 302 4 7
ATENOLOL 301 288 5 10
CRESTOR 282 277 6 19
SIMVASTATIN 270 230 7 1
TEMAZEPAM 232 224 8 47
ALPRAZOLAM 206 194 9 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 205 180 10 13
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 184 184 11 35
RANITIDINE HCL 180 172 12 29
LISINOPRIL 176 164 13 4
GABAPENTIN 175 168 14 17
FUROSEMIDE 167 163 15 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 166 165 16 2
CLOPIDOGREL 161 148 17 26
FOLIC ACID 150 139 18 95
CARVEDILOL 149 132 19 20
LOVASTATIN 147 144 20 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 146 134 21 28
PAROXETINE HCL 141 141 22 60
DIOVAN 138 112 23 40
PLAVIX 136 118 24 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 134 134 25 14
NEXIUM 123 115 26 44
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 122 111 27 57
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 120 120 28 65
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 111 29 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 118 110 30 38
LANSOPRAZOLE 111 107 31 116
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 110 110 32 24
IBUPROFEN 109 82 33 55
JANUMET 108 97 34 202
DIGOXIN 103 103 35 51
MICARDIS HCT 99 99 36 311
NAMENDA 98 96 37 49
VYTORIN 98 98 37 191
SYNTHROID 95 95 39 42
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 94 94 40 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 94 66 40 52
BUMETANIDE 94 78 40 134
HYDROCORTISONE 92 91 43 354
CYMBALTA 92 91 43 79
INSULIN SYRINGE 83 69 45 76
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 82 46 23
ZETIA 82 82 46 96
WARFARIN SODIUM 81 81 48 15
BYSTOLIC 79 79 49 158
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 78 49 32
VIAGRA 79 75 49 69
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 76 62 52 86
MECLIZINE HCL 76 75 52 85
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 75 75 54 74
LANTUS 75 63 54 59
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 74 68 56 84
BENICAR 74 62 56 114
TRAMADOL HCL 74 69 56 22
MEGESTROL ACETATE 72 71 R 59 138
AVODART 70 58 60 173
TRICOR 68 46 61 144
NITROSTAT 65 61 62 206
EXFORGE 64 60 63 198
GLIPIZIDE 62 62 64 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 61 61 65 18
CAPTOPRIL 60 60 66 193
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 45 67 56
LORAZEPAM 57 57 67 73
DIOVAN HCT 56 55 69 80
EXELON 55 55 70 129
ACTONEL 55 55 70 196
DEXILANT 54 34 72 207
VERAPAMIL ER 53 53 73 99
AMOXICILLIN 53 38 73 133
MUPIROCIN 52 45 75 137
VOLTAREN 52 44 75 102
AZITHROMYCIN 52 45 75 34
KLOR-CON 10 51 51 78 106
LEXAPRO 51 51 78 177
SEROQUEL XR 50 50 80 252
ALLOPURINOL 50 50 80 37
MELOXICAM 50 50 80 33
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 Dec. 12, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.