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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,632Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 56 out of 917

$729K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 38 out of 917

333 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 333 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 333 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 9,287 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 588 532 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 382 307 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 378 301 3 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 358 270 S3 4 6
LISINOPRIL 279 248 5 1
GABAPENTIN 228 186 6 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 228 188 6 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 215 157 8 5
NAMENDA 205 205 9 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 200 200 10 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 192 169 11 15
SIMVASTATIN 181 157 12 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 162 111 13 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 157 133 14 16
SERTRALINE HCL 156 138 15 24
TRAMADOL HCL 130 128 16 28
MELOXICAM 127 118 17 53
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 127 96 17 11
LANTUS 127 116 17 37
TRAZODONE HCL 122 90 20 22
ROPINIROLE HCL 120 108 21 88
METFORMIN HCL 113 94 22 8
DIGOXIN 112 100 23 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 109 24 9
CARVEDILOL 106 98 25 33
FENTANYL 105 83 S2 26 58
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 104 79 27 20
PREDNISONE 98 57 28 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 98 93 28 36
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 96 90 30 95
GLIPIZIDE ER 91 76 31 128
CELEBREX 89 85 32 124
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 60 32 66
GLIPIZIDE 88 86 34 40
GLIPIZIDE XL 79 59 35 142
BACLOFEN 79 26 35 82
KLOR-CON M20 78 38 37 121
MIRTAZAPINE 78 53 37 39
OLANZAPINE 77 70 39 103
ATENOLOL 76 66 40 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 60 41 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 71 68 42 44
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 46 43 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 57 43 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 69 69 43 13
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 56 43 72
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 68 57 47 343
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 64 48 70
EXELON 64 64 48 207
RANITIDINE HCL 63 50 50 29
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 51 51 114
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 62 51 23
CRESTOR 60 54 53 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 17 R 53 67
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 38 53 63
TERAZOSIN HCL 59 48 56 108
TAMSULOSIN HCL 58 58 57 25
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 55 30 58 76
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 54 27 59 21
NEXIUM 53 42 60 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 45 61 42
CLOPIDOGREL 50 43 62 50
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. 7, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.