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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,088Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 156 out of 917

$321K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 299 out of 917

329 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 329 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 329 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 7,669 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$40 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
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 617 593 1 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 359 345 2 5
LISINOPRIL 346 324 3 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 335 324 4 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 317 317 5 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 279 278 6 16
OMEPRAZOLE 260 250 7 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 213 213 8 13
FUROSEMIDE 196 193 9 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 193 186 10 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 170 159 11 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 161 12 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 153 123 13 14
HYDRALAZINE HCL 136 131 14 90
WARFARIN SODIUM 132 132 15 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 97 95 16 15
METFORMIN HCL 95 95 17 8
CHLORTHALIDONE 88 80 18 113
PREDNISONE 88 86 18 34
GLYBURIDE 84 84 R 20 71
GALANTAMINE HBR 81 81 21 222
ATENOLOL 81 64 21 12
GABAPENTIN 77 75 23 17
LOVASTATIN 71 70 24 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 71 58 S3 24 6
LEVOXYL 66 66 26 142
PAROXETINE HCL 66 42 26 57
TRAMADOL HCL 61 61 28 28
RANITIDINE HCL 60 59 29 29
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 57 53 30 117
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 55 31 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 54 54 32 32
FINASTERIDE 51 48 33 77
IRBESARTAN 51 51 33 280
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50 50 35 177
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 19, 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.