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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,187Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 917

$850K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 917

465 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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

19% of this provider’s 465 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 465 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,211 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

$52 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 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
LISINOPRIL 593 419 1 1
LOVASTATIN 516 389 2 19
OMEPRAZOLE 491 324 3 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 474 290 S3 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 470 335 5 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 425 335 6 3
FUROSEMIDE 375 295 7 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 344 241 8 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 333 268 9 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 322 269 10 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 315 242 11 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 290 223 12 15
GABAPENTIN 287 179 13 17
METFORMIN HCL 286 235 14 8
ATENOLOL 221 187 15 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 220 183 16 10
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 219 111 S2 17 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 215 164 18 16
ALLOPURINOL 205 179 19 31
TRAMADOL HCL 193 111 20 28
CARVEDILOL 191 165 21 33
RANITIDINE HCL 166 88 22 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 157 115 23 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 152 105 24 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 146 140 25 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 143 70 26 21
PREDNISONE 134 106 27 34
RISPERIDONE 132 54 28 51
TAMSULOSIN HCL 132 123 28 25
BUPROPION HCL SR 128 60 30 101
SERTRALINE HCL 127 99 31 24
OXYCODONE HCL 127 101 S2 31 27
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 125 64 S2 33 46
GLIMEPIRIDE 123 89 34 54
FENOFIBRATE 120 78 35 73
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 93 36 9
PROAIR HFA 102 67 37 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 96 96 38 32
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 71 38 62
MIRTAZAPINE 95 52 40 39
METHADONE HCL 93 18 S2 41 59
PAROXETINE HCL 90 48 42 57
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 87 82 43 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87 62 43 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 86 75 R 45 67
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 82 24 R 46 65
CRESTOR 82 65 46 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 82 82 46 18
CLOPIDOGREL 81 71 49 50
FENTANYL 81 0 S2 49 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 52 49 47
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 80 49 52 26
ROPINIROLE HCL 79 43 53 88
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 77 52 54 116
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 72 54 72
ESTRADIOL 76 41 R 56 102
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 76 46 56 165
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 75 67 58 117
KLOR-CON 10 75 52 58 115
DIGOXIN 74 58 60 41
AZITHROMYCIN 72 54 61 61
LANTUS 68 33 62 37
NEXIUM 65 53 63 60
IBUPROFEN 64 28 64 97
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 45 65 174
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 41 66 83
BUPROPION XL 60 29 66 230
NOVOLOG 57 0 68 98
VERAPAMIL ER 54 38 69 145
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 53 51 70 123
SPIRIVA 52 41 71 45
DETROL LA 51 38 72 243
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 22 72 114
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 10, 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.