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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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35,780Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 1171

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 1171

789 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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 Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 789 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

37% of this provider’s 789 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 25,117 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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 2,368 1,342 S3 1 8
OMEPRAZOLE 1,492 1,136 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 1,488 1,040 3 1
LISINOPRIL 1,478 1,043 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 1,185 906 5 6
ATENOLOL 949 672 6 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 880 670 7 19
METFORMIN HCL 814 548 8 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 804 688 9 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 789 622 10 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 769 643 11 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 744 564 12 11
GABAPENTIN 571 386 13 16
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 522 403 14 61
TRAMADOL HCL 479 323 15 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 467 262 16 21
SERTRALINE HCL 405 259 17 23
AZITHROMYCIN 400 261 18 43
CLOPIDOGREL 383 281 19 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 352 276 20 9
GLIPIZIDE 352 248 20 47
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 343 270 22 13
PROAIR HFA 325 203 23 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 286 198 24 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 281 214 25 14
CARISOPRODOL 278 121 R 26 160
NEXIUM 255 159 27 25
IBUPROFEN 244 155 28 80
RANITIDINE HCL 239 148 29 38
PLAVIX 229 169 30 55
PROMETHAZINE HCL 226 98 R 31 87
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 224 154 32 44
MELOXICAM 220 161 33 56
PAROXETINE HCL 217 127 34 62
PREDNISONE 217 151 34 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 214 167 36 28
GEMFIBROZIL 213 168 37 117
TIZANIDINE HCL 202 77 38 158
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 195 168 39 72
ALLOPURINOL 193 143 40 31
FAMOTIDINE 189 122 41 75
CARVEDILOL 187 143 42 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 186 183 43 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 170 115 44 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 168 105 45 22
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 165 165 46 102
LOVASTATIN 165 87 46 36
CLONIDINE HCL 155 85 48 45
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 153 141 49 261
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 151 102 50 73
NAMENDA 145 141 51 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 82 52 26
GLIPIZIDE XL 143 106 53 124
SINGULAIR 134 83 54 78
FLUOXETINE HCL 131 78 55 76
LANTUS 128 110 56 46
DIGOXIN 126 70 57 68
CEPHALEXIN 124 111 58 104
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 124 97 58 101
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 123 62 R 60 74
KLOR-CON 10 122 111 61 126
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 119 119 62 172
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 117 96 63 29
AMOXICILLIN 116 83 64 111
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 115 86 S2 65 59
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 115 100 65 54
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 65 67 40
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 111 68 33
FINASTERIDE 113 96 68 88
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 112 33 R 70 67
LEVOFLOXACIN 110 86 71 105
MECLIZINE HCL 105 93 72 115
FENTANYL 104 73 S2 73 89
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 102 43 74 69
CYMBALTA 102 72 74 64
INSULIN SYRINGE 101 67 76 71
ROPINIROLE HCL 101 89 76 119
DIOVAN 98 70 78 32
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 98 56 78 149
LIDODERM 96 77 80 98
NASONEX 93 40 81 218
RISPERIDONE 92 74 82 77
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 92 72 82 58
LACTULOSE 92 36 82 108
NITROSTAT 90 54 85 180
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 90 60 85 225
GLYBURIDE 87 55 R 87 97
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 86 39 S3 88 121
ENDOCET 85 35 S2 89 161
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 85 53 89 90
TRAZODONE HCL 85 26 89 37
VENTOLIN HFA 84 70 92 177
HUMULIN 70-30 83 56 93 183
KLOR-CON M20 82 69 94 41
CARBAMAZEPINE 82 61 94 193
SYNTHROID 81 66 96 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 81 68 96 30
CAPTOPRIL 80 39 98 279
MIRTAZAPINE 80 79 98 50
PROPRANOLOL HCL 80 60 98 134
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 67 101 51
ZETIA 77 45 101 63
NOVOLIN R 76 55 103 155
VERAPAMIL ER 75 46 104 91
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 34 S2 105 99
GLIPIZIDE ER 73 59 105 86
NYSTATIN 72 58 107 128
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 72 30 107 82
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 69 65 109 174
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 68 35 110 171
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 67 50 111 137
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 62 112 34
FENOFIBRATE 63 35 113 81
MEGESTROL ACETATE 62 54 R 114 185
DETROL LA 61 61 115 270
LANSOPRAZOLE 60 14 116 150
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 48 117 135
LYRICA 59 17 117 127
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 43 119 53
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 58 31 R 119 430
PHENYTOIN 57 19 121 256
AVODART 56 32 122 194
SEROQUEL 54 43 123 120
SODIUM CHLORIDE 53 39 124 265
XOPENEX HFA 53 41 124 448
NAPROXEN 53 31 124 95
SPIRIVA 53 43 124 57
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 40 128 109
HUMULIN R 51 49 129 226
DIOVAN HCT 50 45 130 65
SYMBICORT 50 31 130 178
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 Jan. 30, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.