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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,558Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 337 out of 761

$250K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 382 out of 761

412 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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 Oregon
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 412 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 412 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,056 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 Oregon
SIMVASTATIN 288 270 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 201 187 2 6
LISINOPRIL 199 173 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 190 164 4 7
ATENOLOL 184 184 5 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 171 165 6 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 163 162 7 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 153 152 8 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 149 118 S3 9 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 134 123 10 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 124 117 11 9
OMEPRAZOLE 122 113 12 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 113 102 13 20
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 112 112 14 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 88 88 15 14
LOVASTATIN 83 83 16 17
METFORMIN HCL 74 65 17 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 70 59 18 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 64 55 19 18
DIOVAN 64 64 19 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 59 19 21
FLUOXETINE HCL 62 59 22 31
CHLORTHALIDONE 55 55 23 89
SERTRALINE HCL 50 38 24 25
ALLOPURINOL 50 47 24 28
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 May 27, 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.