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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,120Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 207 out of 3647

$472K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1210 out of 3647

581 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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
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this specialty
in Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 581 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 581 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 18,352 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$23 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
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,333 1,222 1 16
OMEPRAZOLE 1,250 1,148 2 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,159 1,102 3 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,060 1,024 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 874 818 5 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 840 766 6 7
LISINOPRIL 751 723 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 637 605 8 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 602 569 9 9
METFORMIN HCL 434 388 10 6
ATENOLOL 367 345 11 10
SIMVASTATIN 354 329 12 1
ALLOPURINOL 313 294 13 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 310 277 14 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 298 296 15 15
CARVEDILOL 287 270 16 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 279 274 17 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 254 244 18 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 235 175 S3 19 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 228 188 20 45
NIFEDIPINE ER 207 185 21 67
TAMSULOSIN HCL 206 206 22 28
CLOPIDOGREL 186 164 23 26
ALPRAZOLAM 170 140 24 31
SERTRALINE HCL 155 143 25 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 154 154 26 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 149 136 27 32
RANITIDINE HCL 140 126 28 29
LORAZEPAM 140 126 28 73
HYDRALAZINE HCL 137 120 30 81
GABAPENTIN 137 98 30 17
GLIPIZIDE 134 124 32 41
PLAVIX 134 122 32 39
FENOFIBRATE 133 113 34 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 132 114 35 56
NIFEDIAC CC 123 123 36 325
DILTIAZEM ER 123 98 36 167
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 120 99 38 35
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 109 39 48
DIGOXIN 119 99 39 51
IBUPROFEN 114 108 41 55
DONEPEZIL HCL 110 110 42 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 109 86 43 13
LOVASTATIN 103 103 44 21
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 100 88 45 241
BACLOFEN 100 61 45 97
VERAPAMIL ER 98 92 47 99
FAMOTIDINE 96 95 48 61
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 68 48 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 92 92 50 77
EASY TOUCH 85 70 51 279
CRESTOR 83 80 52 19
TRAZODONE HCL 82 82 53 64
MECLIZINE HCL 82 82 53 85
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 80 61 55 145
NOVOLIN 70-30 78 71 56 130
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 78 76 56 143
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 74 70 58 155
VIAGRA 68 65 59 69
CLONIDINE HCL 66 66 60 46
PREDNISONE 66 62 60 43
MELOXICAM 66 66 60 33
FINASTERIDE 65 65 63 66
SYNTHROID 61 60 64 42
TIZANIDINE HCL 58 45 65 126
FLOVENT HFA 54 41 66 345
NEXIUM 54 44 66 44
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 53 68 57
NOVOLIN N 53 53 68 320
VENTOLIN HFA 53 46 68 88
KETOCONAZOLE 53 33 68 132
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 50 72 68
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 16, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.