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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,795Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 917

$614K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 70 out of 917

552 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 552 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 552 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 10,427 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

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 608 550 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 562 494 2 2
LISINOPRIL 479 424 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 424 362 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 361 326 5 7
METFORMIN HCL 282 224 6 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 261 229 S3 7 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 242 185 8 54
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 238 207 9 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 212 208 10 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 203 188 11 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 189 187 12 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 179 170 13 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 177 162 14 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 155 14 9
JANUVIA 163 144 16 81
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 163 144 16 21
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 156 128 18 117
WARFARIN SODIUM 151 142 19 10
ATENOLOL 147 139 20 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 145 144 21 11
LOVASTATIN 133 110 22 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 122 106 23 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 121 115 24 26
PROAIR HFA 112 100 25 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 101 94 26 18
GABAPENTIN 93 86 27 17
ROPINIROLE HCL 91 72 28 88
DIOVAN 90 90 29 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 88 76 30 44
ESTRADIOL 85 61 R 31 102
MELOXICAM 84 83 32 53
AZITHROMYCIN 83 74 33 61
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 77 46 R 34 67
SYNTHROID 76 64 35 68
DONEPEZIL HCL 76 76 35 32
DIGOXIN 75 72 37 41
SERTRALINE HCL 74 50 38 24
CARVEDILOL 73 58 39 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 72 57 40 70
PAROXETINE HCL 72 49 40 57
PREDNISONE 72 70 40 34
ALLOPURINOL 71 69 43 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 70 44 47
PREMARIN 69 69 R 45 146
TRAZODONE HCL 68 57 46 22
KLOR-CON M20 68 66 46 121
METFORMIN HCL ER 61 53 48 69
HUMALOG 60 32 49 151
NEXIUM 58 58 50 60
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 28 50 63
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 55 52 36
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 39 53 42
TRICOR 54 25 54 163
VERAPAMIL ER 52 29 55 145
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 48 56 72
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 51 56 78
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 40 56 123
NAMENDA 50 50 59 43
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 July 12, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.