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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,611Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 917

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 917

629 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

10% of this provider’s 629 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 629 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 17,376 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 945 847 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 934 793 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 874 750 3 4
LISINOPRIL 861 776 4 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 685 430 S3 5 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 636 541 6 15
METFORMIN HCL 559 437 7 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 526 448 8 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 487 440 9 5
FUROSEMIDE 441 402 10 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 436 434 11 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 361 350 12 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 327 301 13 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 318 262 14 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 285 277 15 11
GABAPENTIN 281 212 16 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 281 249 16 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 269 254 18 18
MELOXICAM 260 195 19 53
ALLOPURINOL 251 195 20 31
NAMENDA 213 213 21 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 210 204 22 25
RISPERIDONE 199 166 23 51
CARVEDILOL 192 187 24 33
SPIRIVA 167 124 25 45
TRAZODONE HCL 165 138 26 22
SERTRALINE HCL 163 114 27 24
FINASTERIDE 160 156 28 77
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 154 111 29 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 146 91 30 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 143 95 31 47
CLOPIDOGREL 139 115 32 50
BYETTA 134 90 33 293
SPIRONOLACTONE 131 106 34 55
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 123 72 R 35 67
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 120 93 36 66
VERAPAMIL ER 116 101 37 145
OLANZAPINE 114 83 38 103
RANITIDINE HCL 114 86 38 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 114 110 38 20
CRESTOR 113 89 41 30
CYMBALTA 112 67 42 56
GLIPIZIDE 112 97 42 40
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 110 39 R 44 65
PLAVIX 109 90 45 84
METHADONE HCL 109 0 S2 45 59
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 107 80 47 21
LYRICA 106 46 48 122
AZITHROMYCIN 101 78 49 61
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 101 70 49 96
PREDNISONE 99 78 51 34
BUPROPION HCL SR 99 68 51 101
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 99 91 51 72
TRAMADOL HCL 99 56 51 28
GLYBURIDE 90 80 R 55 71
BACLOFEN 85 0 56 82
DIGOXIN 83 75 57 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 69 58 44
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 79 79 59 75
CARISOPRODOL 76 15 R 60 144
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 73 61 70
DILTIAZEM ER 74 74 61 106
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 73 70 63 74
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 72 69 64 114
ROPINIROLE HCL 71 70 65 88
CEFUROXIME 70 56 66 262
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 70 62 66 134
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 70 54 66 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 49 69 23
BENAZEPRIL HCL 68 56 70 80
ESTRADIOL 66 53 R 71 102
LIPITOR 64 59 72 89
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 34 73 78
TOPIRAMATE 62 14 73 190
ATENOLOL 61 60 75 12
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 57 75 86
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 61 23 S2 75 48
SYNTHROID 61 61 75 68
LOVASTATIN 60 60 79 19
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 43 79 116
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 60 21 R 79 240
METOLAZONE 57 54 82 252
JANUVIA 56 32 83 81
OXYCODONE HCL 55 24 S2 84 27
QUINAPRIL HCL 55 55 84 278
METHOCARBAMOL 54 35 R 86 87
ENDOCET 54 16 S2 86 210
EVISTA 54 44 86 130
VICTOZA 3-PAK 53 39 89 379
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 53 41 89 165
FENTANYL 53 35 S2 89 58
NIFEDIPINE ER 53 42 89 139
PROAIR HFA 52 31 93 35
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 52 93 95
UNIFINE PENTIPS 52 40 93 384
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 Oct. 14, 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.