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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,402Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1155 out of 3647

$504K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1079 out of 3647

276 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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 Florida
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 276 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 5,591 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

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Florida
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 469 192 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 464 343 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 352 158 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 292 225 S3 4 12
LISINOPRIL 248 170 5 4
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 162 39 6 143
DILANTIN 150 25 7 477
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 139 44 8 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 128 120 9 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 105 10 14
SERTRALINE HCL 115 102 11 27
METFORMIN HCL 115 88 11 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 87 13 9
GABAPENTIN 111 82 14 17
FUROSEMIDE 104 98 15 8
TRAMADOL HCL 103 81 16 22
ATENOLOL 103 97 16 10
ZETIA 102 66 18 96
NEXIUM 100 75 19 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 95 65 20 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 89 89 21 15
CELEBREX 86 42 22 111
SYNTHROID 85 84 23 42
TRICOR 83 57 24 144
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 83 66 24 16
CARVEDILOL 80 80 26 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 42 27 28
KLOR-CON 8 75 60 28 264
CITALOPRAM HBR 72 65 29 25
CARBAMAZEPINE 72 0 29 308
NABUMETONE 70 48 31 262
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 28 32 32
NAPROXEN 69 34 32 70
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 68 43 34 38
ALLOPURINOL 67 55 35 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 62 53 36 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 62 36 52
LEVETIRACETAM 60 16 38 122
AZITHROMYCIN 58 39 39 34
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 28 40 53
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 26 40 58
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 23 42 110
PREMARIN 51 48 R 43 217
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 51 43 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 50 36 45 24
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 Oct. 27, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.