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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,053Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 284 out of 1171

$454K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 257 out of 1171

288 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

14% of this provider’s 288 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 288 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,916 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

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
SIMVASTATIN 278 216 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 231 178 2 2
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 188 119 3 29
JANTOVEN 163 39 4 147
LISINOPRIL 163 110 4 3
DIOVAN 143 110 6 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 124 111 7 24
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 124 122 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 123 77 9 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 120 99 10 11
NAMENDA 111 86 11 42
SERTRALINE HCL 100 71 12 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97 72 13 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 96 84 14 10
METFORMIN HCL 93 60 15 7
CRESTOR 87 67 16 27
SYNTHROID 85 70 17 48
LEVETIRACETAM 84 59 18 84
OMEPRAZOLE 83 82 19 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 75 19 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 74 29 21 12
PREDNISONE 68 55 22 39
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 67 45 23 54
LACTULOSE 66 43 24 108
GABAPENTIN 65 46 25 16
ATENOLOL 65 65 25 15
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 64 35 S2 27 59
BACLOFEN 64 32 27 110
SINGULAIR 64 25 27 78
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 51 27 28
CARVEDILOL 61 50 31 20
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 56 41 32 102
HEPARIN SODIUM 56 54 32 204
LANTUS 56 24 32 46
VALPROIC ACID 53 23 35 245
HYDRALAZINE HCL 53 34 35 60
FAMOTIDINE 51 40 37 75
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, 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.