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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,913Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 64 out of 1171

$1.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 1171

630 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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

3% of this provider’s 630 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 630 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 13,113 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% 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 $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
SIMVASTATIN 585 558 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 473 437 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 456 407 3 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 358 267 4 12
OMEPRAZOLE 343 312 5 5
LISINOPRIL 326 320 6 3
CARVEDILOL 285 272 7 20
SERTRALINE HCL 285 262 7 23
NAMENDA 280 280 9 42
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 270 209 S3 10 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 246 228 11 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 207 207 12 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 204 157 13 54
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 199 187 14 33
CRESTOR 192 165 15 27
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 187 154 16 72
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 184 170 17 11
MIRTAZAPINE 176 175 18 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 170 169 19 10
HYDRALAZINE HCL 169 158 20 60
TRAMADOL HCL 159 155 21 18
TRAZODONE HCL 156 121 22 37
BYSTOLIC 156 151 22 96
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 153 134 24 29
METFORMIN HCL 149 145 25 7
NIASPAN 142 126 26 136
BUSPIRONE HCL 135 108 27 129
PREDNISONE 133 121 28 39
KLOR-CON M20 132 122 29 41
AGGRENOX 129 129 30 148
ATENOLOL 129 117 30 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 127 116 32 19
CYMBALTA 120 94 33 64
GABAPENTIN 119 84 34 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 118 118 35 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 117 36 28
FENOFIBRATE 114 83 37 81
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 102 38 9
FAMOTIDINE 107 82 39 75
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 104 71 40 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 101 87 41 22
BENICAR HCT 97 91 42 211
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 95 95 43 130
SINGULAIR 95 85 43 78
MELOXICAM 88 66 45 56
ACTOS 87 80 46 123
LEVETIRACETAM 86 61 47 84
GLIMEPIRIDE 86 78 47 34
ALLOPURINOL 85 85 49 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 82 50 69
AZITHROMYCIN 84 77 50 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 83 83 52 17
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 75 69 53 145
SEROQUEL 74 55 54 120
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 74 69 54 102
CLOPIDOGREL 71 59 56 35
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 64 57 53
VYTORIN 70 70 57 191
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 70 63 57 61
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 55 60 30
SPIRIVA 67 43 61 57
NIFEDIPINE ER 67 67 61 114
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 66 61 63 149
RAMIPRIL 65 62 64 85
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 58 65 70
NEXIUM 58 49 65 25
ZETIA 57 57 67 63
NITROFURANTOIN 56 32 68 287
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 54 17 69 227
SYNTHROID 54 54 69 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 54 38 69 21
ZOSTAVAX 53 44 72 187
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 53 47 72 157
PAROXETINE HCL 53 53 72 62
PROMETHAZINE HCL 52 40 R 75 87
DIOVAN 50 46 76 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 50 76 26
DIGOXIN 50 45 76 68
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 13, 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.