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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,747Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 178

$350K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 178

211 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
45%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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 District of Columbia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 211 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,105 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 29%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 District of Columbia
LISINOPRIL 527 303 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 325 179 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 314 177 3 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 200 148 4 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 180 100 5 4
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 177 67 S2 6 31
METFORMIN HCL ER 151 87 7 72
FUROSEMIDE 140 51 8 6
OMEPRAZOLE 125 51 9 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 107 77 10 10
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 94 38 11 49
GLIPIZIDE 93 65 12 18
LANTUS 92 43 13 26
GLIPIZIDE ER 88 59 14 80
IBUPROFEN 82 48 15 44
NAPROXEN 81 59 16 84
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 74 57 17 11
METFORMIN HCL 70 36 18 7
OXYCONTIN 68 22 S2 19 93
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 0 S2 20 127
ATENOLOL 60 37 21 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 30 22 46
NIFEDIPINE ER 54 34 23 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53 32 24 40
COLCRYS 53 49 24 52
GABAPENTIN 52 12 26 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 52 44 26 12
RANITIDINE HCL 52 44 26 39
OXYCODONE HCL 51 25 S2 29 90
MICARDIS 50 36 30 97
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.