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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,822Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 917

$758K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 917

519 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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 519 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 519 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,997 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$59 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
SIMVASTATIN 531 479 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 487 408 S3 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 439 337 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 428 389 4 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 344 298 5 16
OMEPRAZOLE 335 279 6 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 329 269 7 9
LISINOPRIL 310 272 8 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 297 265 9 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 263 246 10 10
FUROSEMIDE 244 227 11 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 230 199 12 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 195 168 13 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 143 14 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 169 151 15 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 168 164 16 32
METFORMIN HCL 160 134 17 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 153 133 18 14
RANITIDINE HCL 151 127 19 29
OXYCODONE HCL 151 126 S2 19 27
GABAPENTIN 144 114 21 17
CRESTOR 142 127 22 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 135 127 23 23
SERTRALINE HCL 129 101 24 24
CYMBALTA 125 104 25 56
ALLOPURINOL 120 96 26 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 115 110 27 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 110 100 28 66
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 108 53 S2 29 46
KLOR-CON M20 102 100 30 121
MIRTAZAPINE 94 82 31 39
LANTUS 91 63 32 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 91 86 32 44
FENOFIBRATE 91 73 32 73
BENICAR 91 71 32 104
TRAMADOL HCL 89 79 36 28
CARVEDILOL 89 81 36 33
CLOPIDOGREL 87 82 38 50
SPIRIVA 81 76 39 45
DILTIAZEM ER 79 78 40 106
PREDNISONE 78 73 41 34
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 75 75 42 86
BENICAR HCT 72 72 43 189
PROAIR HFA 71 58 44 35
FINASTERIDE 70 66 45 77
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 53 46 47
ZETIA 66 62 46 93
CLONIDINE HCL 65 46 48 85
LOVASTATIN 64 50 49 19
TRAZODONE HCL 64 44 49 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 51 51 62
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 60 35 S2 51 48
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 57 53 88
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 51 53 52
CEPHALEXIN 57 53 55 105
CELEBREX 55 54 56 124
RISPERIDONE 55 36 56 51
DETROL LA 55 55 56 243
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 32 59 26
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 44 60 114
PLAVIX 51 49 60 84
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 42 62 70
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 36 62 90
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 Aug. 11, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.