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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,913Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 1171

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 1171

380 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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 Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 380 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 380 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,650 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

55 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Virginia
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,114 949 1 12
SIMVASTATIN 788 672 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 675 570 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 615 569 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 554 542 5 4
MIRTAZAPINE 473 447 6 50
OMEPRAZOLE 452 394 7 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 450 421 8 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 445 326 9 11
LISINOPRIL 430 336 10 3
NAMENDA 381 361 11 42
LANTUS 352 247 12 46
LACTULOSE 333 233 13 108
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 304 279 14 72
TRAZODONE HCL 297 207 15 37
TRAMADOL HCL 296 271 16 18
GABAPENTIN 294 218 17 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 293 276 18 19
CARVEDILOL 270 246 19 20
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 263 238 20 54
CITALOPRAM HBR 263 213 20 22
NOVOLOG 242 171 22 94
LEVETIRACETAM 236 130 23 84
HYDRALAZINE HCL 183 143 24 60
METFORMIN HCL 176 134 25 7
CLONIDINE HCL 174 129 26 45
SANTYL 169 155 27 173
CYMBALTA 165 118 28 64
CLOPIDOGREL 164 125 29 35
RISPERIDONE 160 109 30 77
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 158 138 31 10
FAMOTIDINE 156 131 32 75
SERTRALINE HCL 155 115 33 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 147 136 34 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 145 118 35 44
GLIPIZIDE 139 139 36 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 137 118 37 61
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 132 112 38 69
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 125 39 9
ADVAIR DISKUS 118 111 40 51
ATENOLOL 116 107 41 15
SPIRIVA 114 109 42 57
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 114 93 42 102
SPIRONOLACTONE 114 87 42 53
PROMETHAZINE HCL 113 78 R 45 87
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 112 106 R 46 162
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 111 108 47 130
SEROQUEL 110 104 48 120
DIOVAN 108 106 49 32
PREDNISONE 105 76 50 39
HUMALOG 104 87 51 132
AVELOX 102 90 52 209
LATANOPROST 99 98 53 188
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 98 87 54 109
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 95 73 55 13
LOPERAMIDE 94 91 56 262
CEPHALEXIN 94 83 56 104
KLOR-CON M20 92 71 58 41
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 92 92 58 107
NOVOLIN R 92 82 58 155
HYDROXYZINE HCL 90 54 R 61 168
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 89 75 62 106
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 88 79 63 210
PLAVIX 85 60 64 55
BUSPIRONE HCL 84 79 65 129
OLANZAPINE 83 68 66 153
LIDODERM 78 78 67 98
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 76 58 68 257
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 74 69 33
NYSTATIN 71 66 70 128
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 58 71 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 69 52 72 14
ALLOPURINOL 68 68 73 31
IBUPROFEN 68 31 73 80
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 63 47 75 137
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 61 57 76 141
ACTOS 56 47 77 123
DIGOXIN 56 56 77 68
CLONIDINE 56 37 77 229
FLUOXETINE HCL 55 35 80 76
SEROQUEL XR 55 54 80 442
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 55 50 80 17
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 47 S2 83 59
TRAVATAN Z 53 46 84 223
PAROXETINE HCL 52 51 85 62
RENVELA 51 38 86 234
GLIPIZIDE ER 51 51 86 86
FLUCONAZOLE 50 46 88 195
FINASTERIDE 50 49 88 88
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. 12, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.