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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,485Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 393

$738K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 393

962 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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 Nevada
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 962 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 962 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,937 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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 Nevada
SIMVASTATIN 798 692 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 795 499 S3 2 5
LISINOPRIL 655 536 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 442 339 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 414 371 5 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 413 321 6 3
METFORMIN HCL 300 237 7 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 245 149 8 11
ATENOLOL 231 199 9 13
LOVASTATIN 230 185 10 14
GABAPENTIN 218 143 11 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 209 168 12 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 190 171 13 16
CARISOPRODOL 178 19 R 14 45
AZITHROMYCIN 173 132 15 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 171 148 16 25
OXYCODONE HCL 145 40 S2 17 36
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 145 98 17 77
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 137 112 19 18
FUROSEMIDE 134 108 20 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 133 98 21 23
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 131 76 S2 22 54
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 122 113 23 9
MELOXICAM 120 100 24 58
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 97 25 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 114 90 26 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 111 88 27 95
TORSEMIDE 107 72 28 231
ALLOPURINOL 106 80 29 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 101 69 30 20
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 98 76 31 80
FINASTERIDE 97 97 32 60
GLIPIZIDE 96 69 33 32
CARVEDILOL 94 85 34 21
TRAMADOL HCL 93 70 35 30
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 88 27 S2 36 48
IBUPROFEN 86 54 37 55
PREDNISONE 85 69 38 65
BENAZEPRIL HCL 84 80 39 40
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 72 40 37
WARFARIN SODIUM 81 64 41 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 80 62 42 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 49 43 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 78 72 44 56
FENOFIBRATE 76 30 45 43
SERTRALINE HCL 75 53 46 28
TERAZOSIN HCL 75 58 46 38
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 73 62 48 94
DONEPEZIL HCL 73 73 48 34
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 72 57 50 57
CLOPIDOGREL 71 60 51 33
METHADONE HCL 70 21 S2 52 102
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 49 53 10
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 54 54 49
TRAZODONE HCL 64 36 55 47
RANITIDINE HCL 64 49 55 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 37 57 53
CYMBALTA 62 31 58 88
CLONIDINE HCL 62 40 58 50
GLYBURIDE 60 56 R 60 46
PROAIR HFA 59 39 61 68
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 48 62 63
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 49 63 64
DIOVAN 54 52 64 69
SPIRIVA 52 38 65 41
BACLOFEN 51 22 66 79
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 44 S2 67 71
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 31, 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.