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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,841Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 519 out of 3647

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 83 out of 3647

1,047 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
8% 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 1,047 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 1,047 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,354 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

42% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$103 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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
ZETIA 777 751 10 1 96
SIMVASTATIN 639 584 2 1
CRESTOR 549 534 3 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 451 429 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 344 338 5 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 309 300 6 13
VYTORIN 260 247 7 191
FUROSEMIDE 259 259 8 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 254 251 9 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 242 236 10 11
SYNTHROID 235 229 11 42
ATENOLOL 229 220 12 10
OMEPRAZOLE 228 216 13 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 212 212 14 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 210 199 15 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 203 201 16 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 196 181 17 25
LISINOPRIL 188 174 18 4
DIOVAN 187 186 19 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 156 153 20 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 155 154 21 18
METFORMIN HCL 145 129 22 6
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 139 131 23 38
ALLOPURINOL 137 137 24 37
LIPITOR 134 127 25 113
ATELVIA 132 132 26 302
LEVOFLOXACIN 132 130 26 87
MELOXICAM 127 123 28 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 123 123 29 30
ACTONEL 118 116 30 196
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 113 113 31 58
AZITHROMYCIN 112 103 32 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 98 33 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 100 34 28
SPIRONOLACTONE 98 98 35 77
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 94 94 36 24
DIOVAN HCT 88 88 37 80
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 84 79 38 23
NAMENDA 81 81 39 49
CARVEDILOL 81 78 39 20
KLOR-CON 10 81 81 39 106
PREDNISONE 79 79 42 43
GABAPENTIN 73 73 43 17
PRADAXA 73 73 43 258
SERTRALINE HCL 72 66 45 27
NIASPAN 71 66 46 175
SINGULAIR 66 66 47 90
SPIRIVA 66 66 47 93
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 63 60 49 78
BYSTOLIC 63 63 49 158
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 58 51 52
PLAVIX 59 58 51 39
EXFORGE 58 48 53 198
CELEBREX 58 58 53 111
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 50 R 55 105
FENOFIBRATE 55 43 56 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54 54 57 65
DIGOXIN 53 53 58 51
MIRTAZAPINE 53 53 58 63
FINASTERIDE 53 53 58 66
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 52 58 53
RAMIPRIL 52 48 62 101
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 49 S3 63 12
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.