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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,020Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 254 out of 3647

$738K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 489 out of 3647

640 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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 17,277 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,406 1,307 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 1,082 1,008 2 1
METFORMIN HCL 807 743 3 6
LISINOPRIL 715 658 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 639 569 5 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 636 560 6 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 529 478 7 7
CRESTOR 528 485 8 19
FUROSEMIDE 443 416 9 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 427 404 10 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 351 323 11 13
CLONIDINE HCL 335 327 12 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 303 260 13 11
TRAMADOL HCL 299 252 14 22
MELOXICAM 298 250 15 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 254 240 16 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 248 224 17 45
BENAZEPRIL HCL 239 225 18 71
RANITIDINE HCL 234 221 19 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 231 201 20 18
NIFEDIPINE ER 216 210 21 67
GABAPENTIN 208 196 22 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 207 191 23 28
PLAVIX 201 186 24 39
CARVEDILOL 199 175 25 20
CLOPIDOGREL 197 176 26 26
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 196 185 R 27 94
NASONEX 183 169 28 220
VIAGRA 179 148 29 69
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 165 152 30 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 162 125 31 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 151 138 32 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 151 151 32 30
DIOVAN 144 144 34 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 144 133 34 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 139 137 36 52
ATENOLOL 136 126 37 10
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 127 38 48
TEMAZEPAM 129 113 39 47
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 126 108 40 35
ALLOPURINOL 123 103 41 37
GLIPIZIDE 122 108 42 41
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 106 43 36
VERAPAMIL ER 105 96 44 99
IRBESARTAN 103 103 45 232
FELODIPINE ER 100 85 46 186
INSULIN SYRINGE 99 92 47 76
HYDRALAZINE HCL 98 97 48 81
AZITHROMYCIN 95 85 49 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 93 79 50 14
KLOR-CON 10 88 81 51 106
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 88 74 51 74
KETOCONAZOLE 81 80 53 132
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 80 64 54 57
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 78 56 55 124
LANTUS 78 64 55 59
VITAMIN D2 77 77 57 100
NEXIUM 77 77 57 44
LOVASTATIN 75 72 59 21
MEGESTROL ACETATE 75 75 R 59 138
PROAIR HFA 71 69 61 62
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 65 61 53
DIGOXIN 67 54 63 51
SYNTHROID 67 67 63 42
AVAPRO 66 66 65 315
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 65 66 56
LORAZEPAM 65 65 66 73
SERTRALINE HCL 65 59 66 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 62 69 38
FAMOTIDINE 62 62 69 61
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 61 54 71 135
SURE COMFORT 58 57 72 161
DIOVAN HCT 57 52 73 80
JANUVIA 54 38 74 72
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 54 74 270
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 53 53 76 246
PEN NEEDLE 52 39 77 166
SINGULAIR 50 46 78 90
NIFEDICAL XL 50 46 78 221
LIPITOR 50 44 78 113
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 Dec. 13, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.