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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,633Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 299

$658K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 299

534 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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 Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 534 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,460 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $113 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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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
ATENOLOL 957 700 1 20
SIMVASTATIN 669 449 2 3
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 611 484 3 19
FUROSEMIDE 586 444 4 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 503 447 5 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 493 424 6 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 476 408 7 12
QUINAPRIL HCL 429 299 10 8 96
OMEPRAZOLE 420 288 9 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 384 292 10 18
LISINOPRIL 384 310 10 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 355 251 12 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 336 245 13 14
METFORMIN HCL 326 213 14 24
CARVEDILOL 323 259 15 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 319 240 16 32
TRAMADOL HCL 303 238 17 16
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 287 258 18 83
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 266 183 19 9
DIOVAN 236 186 20 38
GABAPENTIN 234 153 21 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 220 196 22 17
DIGOXIN 208 179 23 31
CLOPIDOGREL 188 143 24 22
NEXIUM 188 89 24 27
RANITIDINE HCL 155 114 26 60
PLAVIX 154 115 27 35
AMOXICILLIN 149 109 28 147
ZETIA 139 123 29 86
ALLOPURINOL 126 87 30 45
GLIPIZIDE 124 91 31 104
NITROSTAT 119 89 32 76
TAMSULOSIN HCL 110 97 33 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 109 83 34 25
GEMFIBROZIL 105 50 35 261
FAMOTIDINE 95 72 36 112
AMIODARONE HCL 94 77 37 137
DONEPEZIL HCL 94 83 37 39
IBUPROFEN 92 54 39 217
LIPITOR 88 70 40 191
MELOXICAM 85 44 41 59
BUSPIRONE HCL 82 39 42 144
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 81 47 43 286
JANUVIA 80 58 44 190
KLOR-CON M20 79 53 45 73
MECLIZINE HCL 79 78 45 193
CRESTOR 79 56 45 34
VERAPAMIL ER 79 40 45 151
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 77 36 49 289
GLYBURIDE 70 53 R 50 297
CLONIDINE HCL 68 57 51 70
LANTUS 67 46 52 103
INSULIN SYRINGE 66 64 53 154
TRICOR 65 45 54 203
PROAIR HFA 64 34 55 89
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 63 59 R 56 309
FLUOXETINE HCL 62 17 57 95
GLIPIZIDE ER 61 58 58 198
PROPRANOLOL HCL 61 55 58 213
ACTOS 59 44 60 187
LANSOPRAZOLE 59 27 60 164
CITALOPRAM HBR 58 58 62 58
TRAZODONE HCL 58 27 62 40
AZITHROMYCIN 58 38 62 121
NAPROXEN 58 35 62 203
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56 49 66 36
FINASTERIDE 56 56 66 26
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 38 68 50
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 46 68 54
GLIMEPIRIDE 51 42 68 70
PREDNISONE 51 39 68 13
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 April 3, 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.