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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,707Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 316 out of 1171

$626K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 130 out of 1171

388 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

4% of this provider’s 388 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,529 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$93 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 691 679 1 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 433 428 2 13
OMEPRAZOLE 238 237 3 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 236 223 4 33
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 203 194 5 58
AZITHROMYCIN 193 188 6 43
LOVAZA 192 192 7 118
ATENOLOL 187 180 8 15
METFORMIN HCL 159 153 9 7
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 158 151 10 267
DIOVAN 146 146 11 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 143 129 12 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 129 129 13 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 105 104 14 10
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 103 101 15 44
EVISTA 102 102 16 154
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 92 17 28
LISINOPRIL 95 94 18 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 91 91 19 4
LIDODERM 89 89 20 98
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 83 21 30
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 77 74 22 72
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 76 23 51
PATADAY 72 70 24 268
DIOVAN HCT 70 64 25 65
AMOXICILLIN 69 68 26 111
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 64 27 61
VOLTAREN 63 63 28 200
NITROSTAT 60 58 29 180
GEMFIBROZIL 59 58 30 117
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 59 30 40
NAMENDA 58 58 32 42
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 54 51 33 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 51 34 29
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 Jan. 16, 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.