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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,641Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 917

$539K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 97 out of 917

637 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 637 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 637 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 9,804 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
OMEPRAZOLE 493 433 1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 441 401 2 5
LISINOPRIL 406 373 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 389 342 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 341 312 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 340 258 S3 6 6
SIMVASTATIN 335 318 7 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 286 255 8 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 233 219 9 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223 198 10 9
METFORMIN HCL 221 199 11 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 215 204 12 18
GABAPENTIN 200 172 13 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 194 137 14 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 176 161 15 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 160 144 16 23
LOVASTATIN 146 135 17 19
TRAMADOL HCL 146 105 17 28
PREDNISONE 138 130 19 34
ATENOLOL 123 98 20 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 119 92 21 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 118 118 22 32
SERTRALINE HCL 118 110 22 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 116 104 24 13
TRAZODONE HCL 111 74 25 22
CRESTOR 105 89 26 30
CARVEDILOL 104 92 27 33
MIRTAZAPINE 103 103 28 39
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 67 29 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 98 92 30 14
FLUOXETINE HCL 98 68 30 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 94 38 R 32 67
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 93 71 33 26
GLYBURIDE 92 87 R 34 71
OXYCODONE HCL 88 45 S2 35 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 88 74 35 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 84 83 37 10
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 84 72 37 36
PROAIR HFA 77 50 39 35
BUPROPION HCL SR 75 49 40 101
RANITIDINE HCL 74 62 41 29
ALLOPURINOL 73 71 42 31
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 71 59 43 78
LANTUS 68 33 44 37
FAMOTIDINE 66 60 45 91
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 62 46 70
METHOCARBAMOL 65 47 R 46 87
DIGOXIN 60 59 48 41
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 60 40 48 76
PAROXETINE HCL 59 42 50 57
LABETALOL HCL 58 48 51 188
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 47 52 72
NAMENDA 56 56 53 43
SPIRIVA 56 46 53 45
BENAZEPRIL HCL 52 43 55 80
NEXIUM 51 26 56 60
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 51 32 56 137
RISPERIDONE 50 38 58 51
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 50 58 63
CYMBALTA 50 28 58 56
FINASTERIDE 50 46 58 77
DIOVAN 50 32 58 49
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 Nov. 17, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.