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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,560Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 512 out of 917

$177K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 560 out of 917

423 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
17% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 423 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 423 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 3,176 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

8 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 213 163 S3 1 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 159 2 9
LISINOPRIL 174 168 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 163 144 4 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 156 145 5 20
ATENOLOL 118 116 6 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 116 115 7 5
GLIPIZIDE 100 97 8 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 97 91 9 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 71 10 14
HYDRALAZINE HCL 73 73 11 90
PROAIR HFA 68 57 12 35
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 57 13 42
TERAZOSIN HCL 61 61 14 108
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 60 53 15 11
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 57 47 S3 16 109
K-TAB 54 52 17 111
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 54 0 S2 17 168
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 53 19 26
NIFEDIPINE ER 52 52 20 139
IBUPROFEN 52 43 20 97
METFORMIN HCL 52 51 20 8
FAMOTIDINE 51 47 23 91
FUROSEMIDE 51 49 23 7
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. 3, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.