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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,542Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 1171

$1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 1171

613 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 613 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 613 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 16,834 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 685 528 S3 1 8
SIMVASTATIN 682 607 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 613 568 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 567 550 4 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 521 486 5 10
LISINOPRIL 520 485 6 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 469 463 7 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 449 426 8 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 421 418 9 24
METFORMIN HCL 404 375 10 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 384 361 11 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 329 311 12 21
NAMENDA 318 318 13 42
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 245 236 14 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 229 218 15 2
CARVEDILOL 220 216 16 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 217 208 17 28
SERTRALINE HCL 205 201 18 23
TRAMADOL HCL 197 172 19 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 174 153 20 22
RISPERIDONE 168 158 21 77
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 134 22 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 157 144 23 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 152 142 24 72
CRESTOR 152 144 24 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 148 134 26 14
CEFUROXIME 146 123 27 169
HYDROCORTISONE 145 140 28 290
DIGOXIN 142 142 29 68
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 138 126 30 54
NEXIUM 130 110 31 25
ATENOLOL 124 122 32 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 122 122 33 33
GLIMEPIRIDE 119 116 34 34
KLOR-CON M20 119 104 34 41
NAPROXEN 114 102 36 95
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 112 70 R 37 67
CLOPIDOGREL 108 103 38 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 107 92 39 61
CLONIDINE HCL 104 104 40 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 102 40 69
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 100 88 42 312
LIPITOR 98 94 43 92
ALLOPURINOL 97 95 44 31
VESICARE 96 85 45 203
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 94 94 46 70
MECLIZINE HCL 94 89 46 115
MIRTAZAPINE 93 93 48 50
KLOR-CON M10 92 82 49 125
MELOXICAM 91 88 50 56
PREDNISONE 90 81 51 39
ZETIA 83 83 52 63
GABAPENTIN 83 70 52 16
CYMBALTA 80 80 54 64
AZITHROMYCIN 79 68 55 43
FAMOTIDINE 78 75 56 75
LANTUS 77 64 57 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 50 58 51
KLOR-CON 10 73 73 59 126
METOLAZONE 73 67 59 206
SYNTHROID 72 71 61 48
SPIRIVA 72 54 61 57
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 62 61 30
CEPHALEXIN 70 62 64 104
RANITIDINE HCL 69 61 65 38
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 69 52 65 174
SINGULAIR 66 41 67 78
DIOVAN 65 61 68 32
TRAZODONE HCL 65 56 68 37
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 64 63 70 112
NYSTATIN 61 56 71 128
SPIRONOLACTONE 61 55 71 53
PAROXETINE HCL 59 41 73 62
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 59 42 73 137
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 59 36 73 149
AGGRENOX 58 54 76 148
PLAVIX 58 58 76 55
DIOVAN HCT 57 57 78 65
COMBIVENT 56 28 79 152
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56 56 79 107
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 43 R 79 87
VITAMIN D2 55 55 82 275
DILTIAZEM ER 54 54 83 221
ACTOS 53 53 84 123
FENTANYL 53 45 S2 84 89
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 51 86 58
LEVETIRACETAM 50 48 87 84
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 48 87 44
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 50 87 60
NIASPAN 50 49 87 136
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 April 12, 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.