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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,788Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1260 out of 3647

$572K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 864 out of 3647

344 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
52%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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 Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 344 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 344 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,356 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$73 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
GABAPENTIN 287 104 1 17
LISINOPRIL 281 125 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 219 132 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 217 80 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 197 100 S3 5 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 196 114 6 5
OMEPRAZOLE 193 72 7 3
METFORMIN HCL 165 50 8 6
FUROSEMIDE 143 67 9 8
PROAIR HFA 142 36 10 62
CRESTOR 136 33 11 19
CARVEDILOL 109 48 12 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 105 74 13 7
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 46 13 65
SPIRONOLACTONE 101 18 15 77
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 97 42 16 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 92 25 17 32
SYMBICORT 84 40 18 153
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 51 19 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 80 30 20 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 18 21 52
RANITIDINE HCL 79 36 21 29
TRAMADOL HCL 76 32 23 22
NAPROXEN 75 29 24 70
MELOXICAM 74 33 25 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 72 45 26 11
SINGULAIR 72 18 26 90
NEXIUM 71 34 28 44
TRICOR 71 0 28 144
TRAZODONE HCL 66 26 30 64
CLONIDINE HCL 65 33 31 46
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 65 23 31 160
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 64 29 33 13
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 28 34 67
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 36 34 16
SERTRALINE HCL 55 11 36 27
BUSPIRONE HCL 54 36 37 162
ATENOLOL 54 35 37 10
VOLTAREN 52 21 39 102
OXYCODONE HCL 51 21 S2 40 75
DIOVAN 51 16 40 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 19 42 38
ACARBOSE 50 33 42 437
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 March 24, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.