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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,313Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 1171

$1.19M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 1171

674 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 674 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 674 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,181 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 823 398 S3 1 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 820 528 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 806 470 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 724 519 4 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 684 393 5 9
SYNTHROID 531 375 6 48
LISINOPRIL 527 333 7 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 514 345 8 10
ATENOLOL 471 322 9 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 459 247 10 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 449 322 11 28
FUROSEMIDE 393 230 12 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 330 232 13 11
METFORMIN HCL ER 321 214 14 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 309 216 15 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 302 201 16 14
GABAPENTIN 296 140 17 16
METFORMIN HCL 262 170 18 7
NEXIUM 262 134 18 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 255 181 20 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 251 163 21 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 244 150 22 29
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 234 171 23 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 227 146 24 21
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 218 52 25 113
TRAZODONE HCL 218 125 25 37
TRAMADOL HCL 213 122 27 18
LANSOPRAZOLE 205 38 28 150
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 192 148 29 44
SPIRIVA 188 111 30 57
IBUPROFEN 183 67 31 80
CLOPIDOGREL 180 117 32 35
ALLOPURINOL 175 88 33 31
CRESTOR 167 83 34 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 164 97 35 19
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 162 86 36 219
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 157 147 37 33
CARVEDILOL 154 69 38 20
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 147 55 R 39 74
PAROXETINE HCL 145 68 40 62
BENAZEPRIL HCL 139 75 41 83
JANUVIA 138 129 42 66
CHLORTHALIDONE 136 85 43 116
ZETIA 135 76 44 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 134 59 45 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 129 83 46 12
MELOXICAM 128 68 47 56
COUMADIN 126 75 48 253
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 125 85 49 69
DIOVAN HCT 124 88 50 65
PROAIR HFA 123 56 51 49
PLAVIX 116 80 52 55
NAPROXEN 108 56 53 95
RANITIDINE HCL 106 65 54 38
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 104 52 55 73
FLUOXETINE HCL 102 65 56 76
NIASPAN 97 23 57 136
FINASTERIDE 97 77 57 88
GLIMEPIRIDE 96 53 59 34
CLONIDINE HCL 95 53 60 45
LABETALOL HCL 95 54 60 179
TIZANIDINE HCL 92 11 62 158
ANDROGEL 92 12 S3 62 306
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 91 46 64 70
OXYCODONE HCL 89 13 S2 65 79
DIOVAN 87 74 66 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 34 66 26
CELEBREX 86 20 68 100
AVODART 84 60 69 194
QUINAPRIL HCL 82 51 70 156
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 54 71 51
PEN NEEDLE 81 51 71 122
LYRICA 81 46 71 127
DONEPEZIL HCL 79 79 74 24
CYMBALTA 75 37 75 64
PROPRANOLOL HCL 74 43 76 134
TRICOR 71 15 77 140
SERTRALINE HCL 70 37 78 23
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 69 56 79 145
GLIPIZIDE XL 68 39 80 124
FENOFIBRATE 66 63 81 81
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 34 82 58
DEXILANT 61 39 83 239
LOVASTATIN 60 32 84 36
SINGULAIR 59 30 85 78
LOVAZA 58 21 86 118
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 58 24 86 103
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 29 86 90
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 45 89 53
MECLIZINE HCL 56 47 90 115
GEMFIBROZIL 55 42 91 117
BACLOFEN 53 0 92 110
BYSTOLIC 52 39 93 96
NITROSTAT 52 36 93 180
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 52 40 93 157
RAMIPRIL 51 47 96 85
LIPITOR 51 35 96 92
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 0 96 119
NASONEX 50 19 99 218
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 27, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.