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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,044Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 580 out of 3647

$756K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 473 out of 3647

476 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
7% 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 Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 476 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 476 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 12,318 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

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Florida
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 724 702 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 527 505 2 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 527 508 2 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 501 477 4 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 409 381 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 328 315 6 8
ZETIA 324 306 7 96
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 258 244 8 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 256 247 9 7
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 236 230 10 58
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 225 196 11 11
ATENOLOL 205 184 12 10
LISINOPRIL 200 192 13 4
DIOVAN 197 197 14 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 196 195 15 16
SYNTHROID 196 179 15 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 191 182 17 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 184 175 18 14
SPIRONOLACTONE 172 160 19 77
CRESTOR 164 138 20 19
METFORMIN HCL ER 158 140 21 92
CITALOPRAM HBR 156 151 22 25
SERTRALINE HCL 147 127 23 27
OMEPRAZOLE 141 136 24 3
KLOR-CON M20 141 126 24 121
HYDROCORTISONE 138 138 26 354
TRAMADOL HCL 131 120 27 22
NEXIUM 129 110 28 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 128 110 29 45
AZITHROMYCIN 116 109 30 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 115 105 31 32
TRICOR 113 113 32 144
IRBESARTAN 110 107 33 232
FENOFIBRATE 107 101 34 50
VYTORIN 101 100 35 191
ALLOPURINOL 97 97 36 37
METFORMIN HCL 97 88 36 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 93 92 S3 38 12
FLUOXETINE HCL 90 84 39 68
NIFEDIPINE ER 85 85 40 67
PREDNISONE 83 81 41 43
LOVASTATIN 82 82 42 21
CLOPIDOGREL 77 77 43 26
ACTOS 75 75 44 148
TAMSULOSIN HCL 73 66 45 28
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 69 69 46 127
LEVOFLOXACIN 66 64 47 87
AVAPRO 65 57 48 315
PLAVIX 64 64 49 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 64 49 52
DIGOXIN 63 59 51 51
JANUVIA 63 53 51 72
LIPITOR 63 63 51 113
PAROXETINE HCL 61 61 54 60
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 59 59 55 74
GABAPENTIN 58 58 56 17
MELOXICAM 57 57 57 33
JANTOVEN 55 55 58 140
COUMADIN 55 52 58 343
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 54 60 89
BENICAR 54 54 60 114
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 49 60 53
PRADAXA 52 52 63 258
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 51 64 156
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 49 65 65
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 June 7, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.