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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,885Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 234 out of 917

$444K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 157 out of 917

412 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

15% of this provider’s 412 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 412 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 5,156 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

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
LISINOPRIL 261 226 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 235 183 2 3
ATENOLOL 187 166 3 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 179 111 S3 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 167 143 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 165 138 6 7
METFORMIN HCL 155 129 7 8
OMEPRAZOLE 147 98 8 4
TRAMADOL HCL 133 104 9 28
TRAZODONE HCL 129 103 10 22
METHADONE HCL 114 74 S2 11 59
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 101 12 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 105 99 13 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 104 89 14 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 96 86 15 16
GABAPENTIN 91 64 16 17
OXYCODONE HCL 84 49 S2 17 27
LOVASTATIN 83 73 18 19
CRESTOR 82 64 19 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 80 80 20 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 77 63 21 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 74 64 22 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 66 66 23 32
NAMENDA 64 64 24 43
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 40 R 24 65
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 62 62 26 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 60 54 27 14
PROAIR HFA 60 51 27 35
RANITIDINE HCL 55 54 29 29
CYMBALTA 55 17 29 56
PAROXETINE HCL 55 30 29 57
CARVEDILOL 52 43 32 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 40 33 44
FENTANYL 51 35 S2 33 58
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 Nov. 26, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.