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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,284Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 368 out of 3647

$808K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 402 out of 3647

923 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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 Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 923 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 923 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,953 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 811 711 1 1
LISINOPRIL 572 508 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 497 358 3 3
METFORMIN HCL 489 393 4 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 455 344 S3 5 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 433 378 6 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 411 374 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 374 340 8 7
FUROSEMIDE 306 268 9 8
CARVEDILOL 293 251 10 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 293 248 10 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 265 182 12 14
GABAPENTIN 261 141 13 17
ALPRAZOLAM 236 186 14 31
LOVASTATIN 228 223 15 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 204 178 16 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 191 169 17 45
GEMFIBROZIL 173 137 18 82
MELOXICAM 169 122 19 33
ATENOLOL 162 116 20 10
TRAMADOL HCL 162 110 20 22
FLUOXETINE HCL 153 118 22 68
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 149 119 23 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 146 129 24 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 142 129 25 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 133 96 26 13
TEMAZEPAM 129 125 27 47
INSULIN SYRINGE 126 114 28 76
CITALOPRAM HBR 126 91 28 25
CLONIDINE HCL 118 81 30 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 116 91 31 16
TRAZODONE HCL 110 53 32 64
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 105 87 33 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 104 93 34 15
BENAZEPRIL HCL 103 79 35 71
ALLOPURINOL 103 102 35 37
GLIPIZIDE 101 72 37 41
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 100 99 38 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 92 39 28
SERTRALINE HCL 90 62 40 27
PLAVIX 89 81 41 39
FINASTERIDE 89 89 41 66
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 37 S2 43 91
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 65 44 36
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 67 45 48
AZITHROMYCIN 83 70 45 34
CARISOPRODOL 81 24 R 47 115
PREDNISONE 78 63 48 43
LANTUS 78 60 48 59
TERAZOSIN HCL 76 76 50 103
SPIRONOLACTONE 76 51 50 77
RANITIDINE HCL 76 63 50 29
PROAIR HFA 75 49 53 62
FAMOTIDINE 72 71 54 61
TIZANIDINE HCL 72 45 54 126
DIGOXIN 71 71 56 51
IBUPROFEN 71 37 56 55
LORATADINE 70 61 58 109
VERAPAMIL ER 68 50 59 99
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 67 23 R 60 98
CLOPIDOGREL 67 65 60 26
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 66 60 62 57
NAPROXEN 66 46 62 70
OXYCODONE HCL 65 20 S2 64 75
CYMBALTA 63 34 65 79
NOVOLIN 70-30 63 38 65 130
NEXIUM 62 48 67 44
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 47 67 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 62 58 67 30
BUSPIRONE HCL 61 39 70 162
SPIRIVA 60 38 71 93
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 50 72 56
GLIPIZIDE ER 56 54 73 112
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 46 74 53
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 54 11 S2 75 163
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 50 76 81
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 15, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.