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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,212Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 917

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 917

458 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 458 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 458 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,613 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

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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
FUROSEMIDE 796 645 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 702 561 2 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 675 558 3 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 612 579 4 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 593 482 5 15
LISINOPRIL 554 433 6 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 503 410 7 16
OMEPRAZOLE 465 326 8 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 418 337 9 5
RISPERIDONE 402 336 10 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 391 372 11 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 367 260 12 52
OXYCODONE HCL 345 197 S2 13 27
GABAPENTIN 334 233 14 17
MIRTAZAPINE 332 301 15 39
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 332 284 S3 15 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 331 278 17 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 273 190 18 75
METFORMIN HCL 269 139 19 8
NAMENDA 228 228 20 43
FENTANYL 226 179 S2 21 58
RANITIDINE HCL 209 181 22 29
LANTUS 183 142 23 37
TRAMADOL HCL 181 170 24 28
TRAZODONE HCL 173 121 25 22
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 161 125 S2 26 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 158 124 27 44
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 153 112 28 86
CARVEDILOL 152 93 29 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 146 129 30 25
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 144 126 S2 31 46
CYMBALTA 142 110 32 56
SERTRALINE HCL 140 78 33 24
GLIPIZIDE 130 105 34 40
CLOPIDOGREL 123 85 35 50
BACLOFEN 120 87 36 82
NOVOLOG 120 92 36 98
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 119 113 38 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 98 39 9
PREDNISONE 115 104 39 34
FLUOXETINE HCL 112 89 41 38
SEROQUEL 109 103 42 119
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 108 99 43 116
DIGOXIN 105 86 44 41
SPIRIVA 105 83 44 45
ADVAIR DISKUS 103 82 46 47
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 97 88 47 114
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 96 50 48 150
OLANZAPINE 92 68 49 103
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 88 67 50 132
PEN NEEDLE 87 51 51 99
FINASTERIDE 87 62 51 77
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 86 59 53 70
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 86 71 53 14
LEVETIRACETAM 85 38 55 120
LEVOFLOXACIN 85 72 55 138
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 75 57 18
DILTIAZEM ER 83 81 58 106
ABILIFY 78 65 59 172
ATENOLOL 78 76 59 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 78 36 59 193
HYDRALAZINE HCL 77 56 62 90
KLOR-CON M20 75 64 63 121
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 75 64 63 123
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 74 62 65 66
LOVASTATIN 74 48 65 19
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 73 36 67 197
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 60 67 95
PROMETHAZINE HCL 73 35 R 67 141
PLAVIX 73 58 67 84
CEPHALEXIN 72 58 71 105
CARBAMAZEPINE 72 63 71 221
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 70 35 73 134
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 69 20 S2 74 168
LIDODERM 69 66 74 64
RAMIPRIL 67 57 76 128
METHADONE HCL 66 36 S2 77 59
LAMOTRIGINE 65 49 78 175
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 64 30 79 21
BUPROPION HCL SR 61 48 80 101
TRAVATAN Z 60 43 81 191
ALLOPURINOL 58 40 82 31
ROPINIROLE HCL 57 48 83 88
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 57 33 83 155
LACTULOSE 56 54 85 133
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 55 52 86 257
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 41 87 63
OXYCONTIN 53 12 S2 88 100
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 34 89 78
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 43 89 160
MORPHINE SULFATE 51 34 S2 91 173
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51 39 91 13
LATANOPROST 51 46 91 231
LABETALOL HCL 50 40 94 188
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 17, 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.