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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,840Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 65 out of 1171

$689K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 103 out of 1171

480 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 480 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 480 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 13,485 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
OMEPRAZOLE 629 579 1 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 609 563 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 560 502 3 1
LISINOPRIL 439 407 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 406 384 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 351 325 6 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 336 298 7 11
METFORMIN HCL 320 311 8 7
GABAPENTIN 288 243 9 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 258 258 10 24
RANITIDINE HCL 227 204 11 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 223 198 12 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 204 201 13 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 193 183 14 14
NAMENDA 186 174 15 42
CLONIDINE HCL 186 171 15 45
WARFARIN SODIUM 185 123 17 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 184 142 18 22
MIRTAZAPINE 177 177 19 50
KLOR-CON M20 175 160 20 41
TRAMADOL HCL 166 152 21 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 157 154 22 13
ATENOLOL 153 150 23 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 143 128 24 17
DIOVAN 136 129 25 32
CARVEDILOL 134 119 26 20
JANTOVEN 131 103 27 147
TAMSULOSIN HCL 130 129 28 28
MEGESTROL ACETATE 130 130 R 28 185
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 127 124 30 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 121 121 31 10
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 118 100 32 72
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 101 33 21
ALLOPURINOL 113 106 34 31
GLIPIZIDE 103 100 35 47
HYDROXYZINE HCL 103 91 R 35 168
LANTUS 98 75 37 46
TRAZODONE HCL 96 95 38 37
FAMOTIDINE 95 75 39 75
SANTYL 94 69 40 173
CEPHALEXIN 93 85 41 104
LIDODERM 89 80 42 98
NYSTATIN 87 76 43 128
CYMBALTA 85 85 44 64
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 78 70 45 101
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 69 S3 46 8
FINASTERIDE 75 75 47 88
CLOPIDOGREL 75 71 47 35
DIGOXIN 75 54 47 68
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 54 50 51
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 73 64 51 61
SERTRALINE HCL 73 68 51 23
PREDNISONE 70 65 53 39
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 70 64 53 54
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 69 66 55 69
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 67 66 56 411
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 66 62 57 133
JANUVIA 66 66 57 66
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 50 59 40
NOVOLOG 63 60 60 94
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 62 61 61 82
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 62 47 61 102
LOVAZA 60 58 63 118
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 49 63 44
TRICOR 59 56 65 140
HUMALOG 58 42 66 132
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 57 67 9
PLAVIX 56 51 68 55
VESICARE 55 48 69 203
AZITHROMYCIN 54 51 70 43
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53 41 R 71 67
MELOXICAM 50 42 72 56
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.