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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,102Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 1171

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 1171

423 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

9% of this provider’s 423 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 423 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 12,132 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
FUROSEMIDE 566 487 1 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 454 231 S3 2 8
METFORMIN HCL 436 308 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 359 254 4 5
LISINOPRIL 357 263 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 346 261 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 327 302 7 11
ALLOPURINOL 323 253 8 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 300 290 9 12
GABAPENTIN 279 196 10 16
SIMVASTATIN 277 196 11 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 268 243 12 2
CYMBALTA 260 149 13 64
NEXIUM 232 161 14 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 200 181 15 17
TRAMADOL HCL 190 178 16 18
RANITIDINE HCL 177 143 17 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 174 174 18 24
NAMENDA 162 162 19 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 160 113 20 29
SERTRALINE HCL 155 118 21 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 152 137 22 44
TRAZODONE HCL 149 119 23 37
CLOPIDOGREL 149 136 23 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 146 129 25 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 145 132 26 13
GLIMEPIRIDE 140 119 27 34
CRESTOR 139 130 28 27
INSULIN SYRINGE 136 103 29 71
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 132 108 30 69
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 112 30 26
PLAVIX 125 113 32 55
MIRTAZAPINE 122 112 33 50
ATENOLOL 121 93 34 15
SINGULAIR 118 77 35 78
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 98 36 166
KLOR-CON M20 110 87 37 41
SPIRIVA 105 89 38 57
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 65 39 9
LANTUS 104 75 39 46
PREDNISONE 100 39 41 39
DIGOXIN 99 89 42 68
CITALOPRAM HBR 98 76 43 22
CARAFATE 97 93 44 283
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 92 80 45 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 91 34 46 21
FENTANYL 91 81 S2 46 89
AMOXICILLIN 90 58 48 111
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 90 52 R 48 67
RAMIPRIL 87 83 50 85
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 84 74 51 70
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 83 63 52 189
CARVEDILOL 81 67 53 20
LEVEMIR 80 48 54 167
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 77 61 55 54
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 55 56 53
PROMETHAZINE HCL 73 32 R 57 87
LYRICA 73 62 57 127
DIOVAN 72 71 59 32
DEXILANT 72 24 59 239
TRILIPIX 71 37 61 198
ENDOCET 71 32 S2 61 161
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 70 58 63 141
TAMSULOSIN HCL 69 59 64 28
MELOXICAM 69 49 64 56
COLESTIPOL HCL 68 41 66 370
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 67 40 67 149
PREMARIN 66 42 R 68 237
TERAZOSIN HCL 66 66 68 143
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 19 70 76
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 63 58 70 172
KLOR-CON M10 62 57 72 125
DIOVAN HCT 62 53 72 65
SYNTHROID 62 58 72 48
DILTIAZEM HCL 62 55 72 247
BENAZEPRIL HCL 60 46 76 83
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 44 77 51
PROAIR HFA 58 40 78 49
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 49 79 61
RISPERIDONE 56 31 80 77
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 55 34 81 72
HUMULIN 70-30 54 29 82 183
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 52 0 S2 83 146
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 22 S2 84 99
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 40 85 105
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 9, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.