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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,468Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 1171

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 1171

604 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 604 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 604 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 11,609 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 925 478 S3 1 8
SIMVASTATIN 686 517 2 1
LISINOPRIL 641 396 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 601 414 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 600 437 5 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 573 424 6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 488 321 7 2
METFORMIN HCL 350 203 8 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 337 246 9 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 313 276 10 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 286 198 11 9
GABAPENTIN 285 181 12 16
NEXIUM 268 150 13 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 259 188 14 11
ATENOLOL 254 200 15 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 194 136 16 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 181 127 17 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 180 134 18 14
PROAIR HFA 177 66 19 49
SYNTHROID 167 108 20 48
ALLOPURINOL 156 102 21 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 151 101 22 29
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 131 23 40
TRAMADOL HCL 137 83 24 18
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 132 105 25 58
PREDNISONE 130 59 26 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 129 79 27 30
AZITHROMYCIN 127 59 28 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 125 92 29 21
LOVAZA 125 73 29 118
CARVEDILOL 116 87 31 20
PROMETHAZINE HCL 113 35 R 32 87
ADVAIR DISKUS 111 62 33 51
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 110 85 R 34 74
LYRICA 108 55 35 127
RANITIDINE HCL 108 78 35 38
CYMBALTA 108 42 35 64
SUCRALFATE 106 78 38 182
CITALOPRAM HBR 102 79 39 22
SINGULAIR 102 40 39 78
PAROXETINE HCL 100 69 41 62
SERTRALINE HCL 99 53 42 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 98 98 43 24
GLIMEPIRIDE 95 85 44 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 92 92 45 44
COMBIVENT 88 58 46 152
PLAVIX 88 62 46 55
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 87 51 48 61
ZETIA 85 73 49 63
LANTUS 84 27 50 46
CLONIDINE HCL 83 50 51 45
KLOR-CON M20 83 69 51 41
NASONEX 80 47 53 218
CLOPIDOGREL 80 50 53 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 50 55 28
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 78 0 S2 55 146
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 78 54 55 69
MELOXICAM 77 43 58 56
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 77 16 R 58 67
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 28 60 113
FENOFIBRATE 74 38 61 81
BENICAR 73 41 62 181
CRESTOR 72 52 63 27
JANUVIA 71 41 64 66
MIRTAZAPINE 70 59 65 50
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 69 28 66 149
TRAZODONE HCL 67 31 67 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 64 67 33
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 35 S2 69 59
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 42 70 26
TRICOR 65 40 70 140
PROPRANOLOL HCL 65 42 70 134
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 52 73 82
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 40 73 73
ENDOCET 63 0 S2 73 161
CELEBREX 62 44 76 100
METFORMIN HCL ER 62 41 76 52
LIPITOR 62 41 76 92
DIOVAN HCT 62 52 76 65
METHOCARBAMOL 61 22 R 80 274
SPIRIVA 61 32 80 57
FLUOXETINE HCL 60 38 82 76
KLOR-CON 10 57 43 83 126
DIOVAN 56 44 84 32
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 37 84 53
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 39 86 166
OXYCONTIN 55 11 S2 86 186
DIGOXIN 55 45 86 68
NABUMETONE 55 41 86 201
TORSEMIDE 54 22 90 150
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 53 26 91 17
CARISOPRODOL 51 0 R 92 160
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 0 S2 92 99
NAPROXEN 50 18 94 95
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. 9, 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.