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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,615Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 405 out of 1171

$323K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 427 out of 1171

182 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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 Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 182 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 182 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,343 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Virginia
WARFARIN SODIUM 300 197 1 12
SIMVASTATIN 293 227 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 207 152 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 199 195 4 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 181 161 5 24
LISINOPRIL 157 113 6 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 139 100 7 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 121 92 8 4
GABAPENTIN 120 112 9 16
NAMENDA 109 109 10 42
OMEPRAZOLE 104 75 11 5
METFORMIN HCL 100 59 12 7
CARVEDILOL 96 71 13 20
MIRTAZAPINE 91 83 14 50
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 89 60 15 106
PLAVIX 87 76 16 55
CLOPIDOGREL 86 72 17 35
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 74 55 18 72
BACLOFEN 73 24 19 110
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 71 49 20 227
TRAZODONE HCL 65 59 21 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 65 45 21 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 38 23 9
RISPERIDONE 57 37 24 77
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 55 53 25 10
LANTUS 55 49 25 46
FENTANYL 50 46 S2 27 89
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.