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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,736Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 312 out of 3647

$595K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 797 out of 3647

755 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

9% of this provider’s 755 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 755 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 16,072 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$34 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
SIMVASTATIN 943 859 1 1
LISINOPRIL 909 833 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 890 839 3 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 529 503 4 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 458 410 S3 5 12
ALPRAZOLAM 425 345 6 31
METFORMIN HCL 408 374 7 6
FUROSEMIDE 405 361 8 8
ATENOLOL 356 354 9 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 354 335 10 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 350 328 11 9
GLIPIZIDE 335 294 12 41
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 318 295 13 7
TEMAZEPAM 304 295 14 47
OMEPRAZOLE 271 237 15 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 268 263 16 15
CAPTOPRIL 263 251 17 193
GLYBURIDE 258 243 R 18 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 253 222 19 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 252 226 20 13
LOVASTATIN 250 250 21 21
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 198 163 22 58
GABAPENTIN 188 163 23 17
INSULIN SYRINGE 183 163 24 76
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 180 169 25 24
FLUOXETINE HCL 176 124 26 68
CLONIDINE HCL 163 126 27 46
DIGOXIN 163 156 27 51
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 158 146 29 11
VIAGRA 156 152 30 69
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 152 152 31 57
ALLOPURINOL 149 149 32 37
VERAPAMIL ER 141 133 33 99
TAMSULOSIN HCL 137 133 34 28
NOVOLIN 70-30 131 123 35 130
RANITIDINE HCL 119 91 36 29
LORAZEPAM 114 108 37 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 114 112 37 56
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 104 104 39 35
DIAZEPAM 100 78 40 214
PROAIR HFA 95 94 41 62
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 83 42 53
NAPROXEN 91 81 43 70
CARVEDILOL 91 91 43 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 90 78 45 38
CLOPIDOGREL 89 87 46 26
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 87 87 R 47 105
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 69 S2 47 104
LANTUS 85 74 49 59
AMOXICILLIN 85 79 49 133
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 64 S2 51 91
PLAVIX 80 79 52 39
GEMFIBROZIL 72 64 53 82
CITALOPRAM HBR 71 63 54 25
NEXIUM 71 59 54 44
KLOR-CON 10 70 70 56 106
CRESTOR 67 66 57 19
SYNTHROID 66 59 58 42
DONEPEZIL HCL 66 66 58 30
LIPITOR 66 66 58 113
HUMULIN 70-30 65 64 61 192
SOTALOL 63 50 62 281
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 60 63 67
MECLIZINE HCL 61 59 63 85
PAROXETINE HCL 60 59 65 60
METHIMAZOLE 60 60 65 511
BUMETANIDE 58 50 67 134
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 58 67 92
TRAZODONE HCL 57 44 69 64
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 55 70 107
TRAMADOL HCL 54 54 71 22
SERTRALINE HCL 54 53 71 27
OXYCODONE HCL 53 35 S2 73 75
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 43 74 36
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 45 75 65
ESTRADIOL 51 50 R 75 236
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 50 77 71
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. 11, 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.