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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,933Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 178 out of 2056

$302K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 292 out of 2056

498 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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

7% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,693 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 293 257 1 2
LISINOPRIL 272 227 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 260 221 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 246 221 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 182 141 S3 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 179 162 6 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 177 177 7 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 170 146 8 18
METFORMIN HCL 160 139 9 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 153 129 10 6
SERTRALINE HCL 148 131 11 25
LOVASTATIN 145 120 12 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 144 137 13 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 125 14 7
PREDNISONE 129 109 15 38
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 101 71 16 95
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 100 88 17 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 93 73 18 15
PROAIR HFA 89 79 19 29
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 82 51 R 20 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 80 20 26
ATENOLOL 75 64 22 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 74 65 23 11
PAROXETINE HCL 67 31 24 58
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 39 25 33
LANTUS 62 46 26 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 61 51 27 17
ALLOPURINOL 60 57 28 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 60 60 28 37
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 57 30 46
TRAZODONE HCL 55 34 31 21
GABAPENTIN 54 53 32 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53 44 33 28
RANITIDINE HCL 53 35 33 22
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 Dec. 17, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.