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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,332Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 46 out of 917

$561K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 86 out of 917

814 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 814 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 814 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 11,159 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$46 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 17.


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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 Washington
SIMVASTATIN 774 729 1 2
LISINOPRIL 620 586 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 464 433 3 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 425 398 4 9
OMEPRAZOLE 358 307 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 350 320 6 5
ATENOLOL 292 280 7 12
METFORMIN HCL 275 239 8 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 274 248 S3 9 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 251 239 10 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 232 197 11 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 224 216 12 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 209 205 13 13
FUROSEMIDE 203 169 14 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 198 181 15 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 178 159 16 11
TRAMADOL HCL 176 172 17 28
GABAPENTIN 174 153 18 17
ALLOPURINOL 150 143 19 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 149 139 20 26
CRESTOR 143 125 21 30
LOVASTATIN 140 140 22 19
TRAZODONE HCL 135 121 23 22
SYNTHROID 122 81 24 68
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 120 120 25 20
GLYBURIDE 110 104 R 26 71
DONEPEZIL HCL 96 96 27 32
PAROXETINE HCL 93 67 28 57
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 92 73 29 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 89 75 30 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 86 86 31 25
CLOPIDOGREL 81 75 32 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 60 33 38
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 75 72 34 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 73 34 72
AMOXICILLIN 70 63 36 180
DIOVAN 69 69 37 49
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 61 38 79
PROPRANOLOL HCL 66 54 39 126
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65 61 R 40 67
METHOCARBAMOL 64 49 R 41 87
SERTRALINE HCL 60 55 42 24
NAMENDA 60 60 42 43
BUPROPION HCL SR 59 44 44 101
OXYCODONE HCL 59 46 S2 44 27
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 57 46 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 54 47 23
PREMARIN 54 53 R 47 146
WARFARIN SODIUM 54 54 47 10
CALCITONIN-SALMON 52 48 50 209
FELODIPINE ER 52 52 50 127
METHADONE HCL 52 23 S2 50 59
PLAVIX 52 51 50 84
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 39 S2 50 46
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 May 16, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.