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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,007Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 256 out of 3647

$484K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1161 out of 3647

903 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 903 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 903 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 17,596 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$25 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,352 1,259 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,112 1,039 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 857 777 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 719 651 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 522 520 5 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 460 442 6 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 444 425 7 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 442 423 8 9
RANITIDINE HCL 378 365 9 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 373 354 10 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 372 348 11 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 372 372 11 7
ATENOLOL 357 317 13 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 333 328 14 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 332 317 15 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 320 307 S3 16 12
CARVEDILOL 290 290 17 20
ALPRAZOLAM 288 276 18 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 270 245 19 14
METFORMIN HCL 270 265 19 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 262 261 21 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 254 254 22 18
MELOXICAM 239 216 23 33
GLIPIZIDE 227 223 24 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 222 222 25 30
GABAPENTIN 214 178 26 17
DILTIAZEM ER 189 189 27 167
FINASTERIDE 189 172 27 66
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 184 166 29 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 182 177 30 16
VENTOLIN HFA 172 153 31 88
TRAMADOL HCL 171 119 32 22
ALLOPURINOL 166 166 33 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 165 143 34 32
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 161 158 35 56
TEMAZEPAM 142 138 36 47
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 140 124 37 35
CLOPIDOGREL 138 138 38 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 118 39 36
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 133 132 39 57
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 126 41 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 128 113 42 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 128 127 42 58
METFORMIN HCL ER 125 108 44 92
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 123 118 45 107
PAROXETINE HCL 119 105 46 60
CRESTOR 119 117 46 19
AZITHROMYCIN 112 105 48 34
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 104 90 S2 49 91
ADVAIR DISKUS 99 94 50 52
MECLIZINE HCL 96 96 51 85
CLONIDINE HCL 96 92 51 46
SERTRALINE HCL 96 96 51 27
PLAVIX 91 90 54 39
DIGOXIN 89 89 55 51
LANTUS 87 70 56 59
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 84 83 57 223
LOVASTATIN 82 56 58 21
KLOR-CON 10 81 47 59 106
GLIPIZIDE ER 76 76 60 112
NOVOLIN 70-30 75 75 61 130
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 75 55 61 273
CAPTOPRIL 70 70 63 193
PREDNISONE 67 67 64 43
MIRTAZAPINE 64 64 65 63
HYDRALAZINE HCL 64 64 65 81
FAMOTIDINE 60 60 67 61
NAMENDA 59 59 68 49
ACTOS 57 57 69 148
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 52 70 53
SPIRIVA 54 17 71 93
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 53 46 72 78
VERAPAMIL ER 52 39 73 99
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 52 73 155
VIAGRA 51 38 75 69
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 Oct. 19, 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.