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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,651Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 351 out of 3647

$951K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 266 out of 3647

1,139 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,042 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
SERTRALINE HCL 1,459 1,213 1 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 1,386 1,039 2 14
CLONAZEPAM 1,371 1,009 10 3 146
TEMAZEPAM 1,370 1,070 10 4 47
CITALOPRAM HBR 1,148 831 5 25
RISPERIDONE 845 560 6 83
MIRTAZAPINE 677 422 7 63
TRAZODONE HCL 647 395 8 64
SEROQUEL XR 534 295 9 252
BUSPIRONE HCL 515 241 10 162
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 498 393 11 65
FLUOXETINE HCL 419 329 12 68
LAMOTRIGINE 374 135 13 266
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 350 141 14 289
OLANZAPINE 313 167 15 240
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 311 97 R 16 222
HALOPERIDOL 300 137 17 358
NAMENDA 299 278 18 49
PAROXETINE HCL 289 242 19 60
ABILIFY 252 138 20 205
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 236 186 21 181
LORAZEPAM 216 186 22 73
CYMBALTA 206 110 23 79
BUPROPION XL 178 96 24 229
LEXAPRO 163 122 25 177
DONEPEZIL HCL 142 140 26 30
PERPHENAZINE 136 49 27 474
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 133 83 28 89
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 99 30 29 446
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 85 0 30 396
TRIFLUOPERAZINE HCL 83 51 31 600
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 82 81 R 32 105
PRISTIQ ER 63 44 33 394
OMEPRAZOLE 61 22 34 3
OXCARBAZEPINE 59 15 35 410
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 58 0 R 36 416
SEROQUEL 58 45 36 185
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 57 17 R 38 528
LUNESTA 50 50 39 328
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 Feb. 17, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.