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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,215Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 917

$1.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 917

846 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 846 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 846 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,669 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 Washington
SIMVASTATIN 903 819 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 848 757 2 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 750 738 3 10
FUROSEMIDE 588 516 4 7
NAMENDA 562 548 5 43
LISINOPRIL 549 485 6 1
OMEPRAZOLE 517 430 7 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 412 390 8 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 393 367 9 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 355 355 10 32
METFORMIN HCL 351 320 11 8
SERTRALINE HCL 341 328 12 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 336 294 13 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 327 288 S3 14 6
MIRTAZAPINE 307 302 15 39
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 282 240 16 52
ATENOLOL 280 247 17 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 275 246 18 18
SPIRONOLACTONE 273 200 19 55
OXYCODONE HCL 248 166 S2 20 27
CARVEDILOL 245 218 21 33
GABAPENTIN 230 166 22 17
TRAMADOL HCL 221 218 23 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 221 178 23 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 204 25 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 209 181 26 14
LOVASTATIN 198 156 27 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 190 185 28 25
TRAZODONE HCL 189 155 29 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 167 160 30 13
RANITIDINE HCL 167 151 30 29
SPIRIVA 160 153 32 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 153 128 33 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 152 146 34 20
PREDNISONE 146 133 35 34
CRESTOR 140 126 36 30
FINASTERIDE 136 131 37 77
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 132 91 38 21
ALLOPURINOL 131 87 39 31
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 124 114 40 36
CLOPIDOGREL 123 123 41 50
LANTUS 121 98 42 37
DIGOXIN 121 111 42 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 120 100 44 26
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 114 106 45 66
RAMIPRIL 107 96 46 128
LEVETIRACETAM 107 100 46 120
DIOVAN 99 99 48 49
NOVOLOG 97 96 49 98
LIDODERM 96 71 50 64
PLAVIX 96 95 50 84
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 96 48 S2 50 48
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 95 87 53 78
GALANTAMINE HBR 93 93 54 222
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 86 55 42
SEROQUEL 90 81 56 119
GLYBURIDE 90 89 R 56 71
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 86 86 58 150
FENTANYL 85 79 S2 59 58
PRAZOSIN HCL 85 72 59 195
BUPROPION HCL SR 83 63 61 101
METHADONE HCL 83 39 S2 61 59
GLIPIZIDE 83 70 61 40
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 81 78 64 159
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 79 79 65 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 76 58 66 54
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 74 67 67 96
RISPERIDONE 74 72 67 51
OXYCONTIN 74 71 S2 67 100
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 56 70 47
BACLOFEN 72 54 71 82
MELOXICAM 70 45 72 53
NEXIUM 68 51 73 60
BUPROPION XL 67 54 74 230
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 55 S2 75 46
AGGRENOX 65 65 76 186
AZITHROMYCIN 63 57 77 61
CYMBALTA 63 46 77 56
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 41 77 38
EXELON 63 63 77 207
VENLAFAXINE HCL 61 58 81 179
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 61 37 81 134
ESTRADIOL 60 47 R 83 102
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 58 55 84 295
SYNTHROID 58 58 84 68
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 55 86 116
ABILIFY 56 19 87 172
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 56 87 79
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 56 87 70
TRAVATAN Z 55 55 90 191
CEPHALEXIN 54 50 91 105
PREMARIN 52 33 R 92 146
KLOR-CON M20 52 50 92 121
DIOVAN HCT 51 38 94 118
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 23, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.