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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,518Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 393

$871K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 393

455 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
46%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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 Nevada
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

44% of this provider’s 455 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

42% of this provider’s 455 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 7,846 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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 Nevada
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,219 464 S3 1 5
OXYCODONE HCL 763 256 S2 2 36
CARISOPRODOL 573 104 R 3 45
LISINOPRIL 534 269 4 2
LOVASTATIN 459 227 5 14
OMEPRAZOLE 445 193 6 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 444 226 7 4
ATENOLOL 374 211 8 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 349 138 9 3
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 339 165 S2 10 48
FUROSEMIDE 338 208 11 8
GABAPENTIN 336 150 12 15
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 309 131 S2 13 54
METHADONE HCL 257 62 S2 14 102
SIMVASTATIN 254 169 15 1
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 211 115 16 141
PREDNISONE 199 117 17 65
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 199 99 R 17 72
RANITIDINE HCL 195 88 19 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 194 62 20 11
CYMBALTA 189 81 21 88
ALLOPURINOL 187 84 22 26
METFORMIN HCL 173 76 23 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 157 69 24 20
MELOXICAM 157 75 24 58
SYMBICORT 156 70 26 96
CARVEDILOL 151 47 27 21
MIRTAZAPINE 140 110 28 89
CRESTOR 126 45 29 52
LANTUS 126 58 29 73
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 122 67 31 19
TRAZODONE HCL 121 13 32 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 119 70 33 67
PROAIR HFA 119 55 33 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 118 82 35 25
INSULIN SYRINGE 110 53 36 110
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 109 64 37 9
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 106 24 S2 38 138
TOPIRAMATE 101 0 39 187
WARFARIN SODIUM 100 61 40 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 100 23 40 39
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 96 38 42 104
ENDOCET 94 47 S2 43 211
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 62 44 57
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 91 47 45 12
NAMENDA 89 88 46 59
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 89 38 46 108
DIGOXIN 89 40 46 66
LACTULOSE 88 69 49 148
VENTOLIN HFA 87 29 50 42
LEVOFLOXACIN 86 41 51 95
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 82 53 52 22
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 81 37 53 80
LEVETIRACETAM 80 47 54 112
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 37 54 10
DIOVAN 79 48 56 69
SPIRIVA 79 28 56 41
GLIPIZIDE 78 39 58 32
CLOPIDOGREL 78 46 58 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 34 60 24
METFORMIN HCL ER 74 24 61 63
AZITHROMYCIN 71 26 62 35
CLONIDINE HCL 70 38 63 50
TRAMADOL HCL 68 42 64 30
HYDRALAZINE HCL 67 44 65 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 26 65 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 65 20 67 267
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 65 25 67 99
PLAVIX 64 44 69 51
NEXIUM 63 31 70 84
SERTRALINE HCL 63 40 70 28
AMITIZA 62 39 72 272
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 61 26 73 74
BACLOFEN 61 14 73 79
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 60 28 75 90
CEPHALEXIN 60 32 75 131
BENICAR 59 47 77 118
NABUMETONE 58 0 78 222
GLYBURIDE 55 44 R 79 46
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 0 80 37
HUMALOG 54 23 80 196
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 15 82 82
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 11 83 111
MORPHINE SULFATE 52 0 S2 83 190
PEN NEEDLE 52 25 83 81
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 11 S2 86 71
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 50 28 87 204
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 50 24 87 83
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 Dec. 15, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.