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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,979Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 214 out of 3647

$540K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 968 out of 3647

942 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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

1% of this provider’s 942 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

1% of this provider’s 942 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 18,579 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$27 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 1,325 1,256 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 1,106 1,020 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 723 662 3 3
ATENOLOL 620 606 4 10
LISINOPRIL 571 529 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 534 513 6 8
TRAMADOL HCL 493 453 7 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 463 458 8 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 440 424 9 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 432 406 10 7
FINASTERIDE 403 399 11 66
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 377 364 12 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 372 360 13 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 368 356 14 24
METFORMIN HCL 368 309 14 6
GABAPENTIN 322 281 16 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 315 304 17 18
GLYBURIDE 309 294 R 18 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 289 285 19 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 282 251 20 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 239 203 21 14
TEMAZEPAM 208 197 22 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 207 207 23 30
RANITIDINE HCL 202 182 24 29
CARVEDILOL 202 202 24 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 167 26 9
ALPRAZOLAM 183 168 27 31
CLONIDINE HCL 182 150 28 46
DIGOXIN 175 175 29 51
ALLOPURINOL 165 156 30 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 163 154 31 13
LOVASTATIN 158 158 32 21
NIFEDIPINE ER 155 154 33 67
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 154 154 34 57
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 153 117 R 35 105
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 150 144 36 155
SERTRALINE HCL 145 144 37 27
TERAZOSIN HCL 143 130 38 103
GLIPIZIDE 140 132 39 41
LORAZEPAM 139 137 40 73
GEMFIBROZIL 135 89 41 82
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 129 121 42 78
CLOPIDOGREL 129 129 42 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 121 116 44 25
NAMENDA 114 114 45 49
PREDNISONE 108 103 46 43
KLOR-CON 10 108 108 46 106
CRESTOR 107 100 48 19
PLAVIX 106 106 49 39
MECLIZINE HCL 99 93 50 85
BACLOFEN 93 72 51 97
ADVAIR DISKUS 88 78 52 52
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 87 87 53 56
KLOR-CON 8 86 85 54 264
LATANOPROST 84 84 55 218
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 81 81 56 241
VERAPAMIL ER 80 80 57 99
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 79 74 58 203
LEVOFLOXACIN 73 70 59 87
CAPTOPRIL 72 70 60 193
PAROXETINE HCL 72 62 60 60
BUSPIRONE HCL 71 61 62 162
MIRTAZAPINE 69 68 63 63
SYNTHROID 67 55 64 42
PROPRANOLOL HCL 67 65 64 156
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 64 66 32
NAPROXEN 64 56 67 70
HYDRALAZINE HCL 62 52 68 81
DOXEPIN HCL 62 54 68 282
AZITHROMYCIN 61 54 70 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 61 70 48
FENOFIBRATE 60 50 72 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 45 73 53
FAMOTIDINE 56 55 74 61
RAMIPRIL 55 51 75 101
CILOSTAZOL 54 54 76 168
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 46 77 68
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 47 77 77
DILTIAZEM HCL 53 53 77 253
AMIODARONE HCL 51 51 80 211
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. 26, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.