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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,748Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 110 out of 3647

$607K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 762 out of 3647

946 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
12% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 946 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 946 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 23,216 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

12% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$25 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,687 1,573 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,221 1,143 2 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,194 1,096 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 1,014 958 4 3
LISINOPRIL 965 909 5 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 894 872 6 9
LOVASTATIN 735 703 7 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 648 610 S3 8 12
FUROSEMIDE 638 618 9 8
ATENOLOL 637 617 10 10
METFORMIN HCL 602 551 11 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 575 575 12 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 506 470 13 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 496 479 14 14
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 458 436 15 35
PREDNISONE 375 361 16 43
GLYBURIDE 353 330 R 17 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 335 320 18 56
ALPRAZOLAM 332 287 19 31
GEMFIBROZIL 310 270 20 82
AZITHROMYCIN 297 275 21 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 287 284 22 24
ALLOPURINOL 278 268 23 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 273 250 24 53
GLIPIZIDE 258 228 25 41
CLONIDINE HCL 236 215 26 46
WARFARIN SODIUM 228 228 27 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 207 184 28 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 205 202 29 18
RANITIDINE HCL 189 176 30 29
CLOPIDOGREL 188 181 31 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 187 187 32 28
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 185 185 33 57
TEMAZEPAM 175 153 34 47
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 170 139 35 32
FAMOTIDINE 163 156 36 61
DIGOXIN 162 155 37 51
PLAVIX 161 149 38 39
TRAMADOL HCL 158 144 39 22
BENAZEPRIL HCL 150 133 40 71
TERAZOSIN HCL 147 142 41 103
ADVAIR DISKUS 142 122 42 52
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 142 127 42 58
KLOR-CON M20 137 137 44 121
VERAPAMIL ER 137 133 44 99
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 134 46 36
GABAPENTIN 132 117 47 17
CARVEDILOL 121 121 48 20
MELOXICAM 120 111 49 33
IBUPROFEN 117 99 50 55
NIFEDIPINE ER 114 97 51 67
DILTIAZEM ER 113 102 52 167
DONEPEZIL HCL 108 108 53 30
CEPHALEXIN 104 102 54 142
NAPROXEN 102 102 55 70
VENTOLIN HFA 102 92 55 88
CARTIA XT 97 96 57 242
FINASTERIDE 95 95 58 66
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 84 84 59 155
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 83 83 60 107
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 81 80 61 16
KLOR-CON 10 78 78 62 106
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 77 72 63 78
LORAZEPAM 75 66 64 73
COMBIVENT 74 61 65 170
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 44 66 68
MECLIZINE HCL 65 63 66 85
SERTRALINE HCL 62 56 68 27
HUMULIN 70-30 61 58 69 192
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 59 59 70 164
RAMIPRIL 58 58 71 101
LEVOTHROID 58 55 71 403
PAROXETINE HCL 56 52 73 60
DILTIAZEM HCL 54 54 74 253
HYDROXYZINE HCL 53 51 R 75 244
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 53 52 75 201
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 46 75 77
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 40 R 78 98
PROPRANOLOL HCL 52 52 78 156
AGGRENOX 51 51 80 267
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.