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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,640Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 917

$815K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 917

455 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 455 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 455 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,890 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$60 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 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 521 381 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 509 417 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 471 380 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 350 297 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 325 256 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 323 247 S3 6 6
OMEPRAZOLE 320 252 7 4
METHADONE HCL 291 46 S2 8 59
GABAPENTIN 281 157 9 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 261 184 10 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 258 203 11 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 229 165 12 16
METFORMIN HCL 190 105 13 8
RANITIDINE HCL 188 137 14 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 183 141 15 9
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 181 52 S2 16 48
DONEPEZIL HCL 154 147 17 32
OXYCODONE HCL 154 71 S2 17 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 149 110 19 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 148 102 20 25
ALLOPURINOL 144 103 21 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 131 63 22 21
TRAZODONE HCL 124 67 23 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 123 92 24 23
CRESTOR 120 73 25 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 119 78 26 44
TRAMADOL HCL 111 79 27 28
SERTRALINE HCL 109 77 28 24
CYMBALTA 108 70 29 56
PREDNISONE 104 71 30 34
MIRTAZAPINE 103 45 31 39
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 100 45 S2 32 46
PROAIR HFA 98 77 33 35
OXYCONTIN 92 0 S2 34 100
ROPINIROLE HCL 91 51 35 88
SPIRONOLACTONE 88 74 36 55
FINASTERIDE 87 79 37 77
LANTUS 86 50 38 37
NAMENDA 86 74 38 43
LOVASTATIN 86 79 38 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 54 41 26
LYRICA 83 25 42 122
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 81 77 43 13
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 80 25 44 78
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 38 45 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 79 67 45 18
SPIRIVA 78 72 47 45
METHOCARBAMOL 78 23 R 47 87
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 66 47 14
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 76 14 R 50 67
CARVEDILOL 71 32 51 33
INSULIN SYRINGE 70 34 52 83
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69 31 53 66
MELOXICAM 67 45 54 53
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 67 53 54 161
CLOPIDOGREL 66 57 56 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 54 57 52
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 62 14 R 58 65
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 41 58 116
CLONIDINE HCL 62 33 58 85
HYDRALAZINE HCL 59 39 61 90
VENTOLIN HFA 58 41 62 135
NEXIUM 58 29 62 60
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 57 48 64 86
DIOVAN 56 56 65 49
PLAVIX 53 44 66 84
ATENOLOL 53 36 66 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 52 51 68 20
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 Nov. 18, 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.