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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,548Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 182 out of 917

$442K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 161 out of 917

335 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 335 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,861 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 679 635 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 404 375 2 4
ATENOLOL 390 370 3 12
SIMVASTATIN 324 301 4 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 266 236 5 14
GLIPIZIDE 259 213 6 40
METFORMIN HCL 231 189 7 8
CARVEDILOL 212 204 8 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 196 176 9 26
CRESTOR 185 183 10 30
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 183 168 11 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 176 151 12 13
BYSTOLIC 154 148 13 158
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 120 118 14 274
RANITIDINE HCL 109 95 15 29
TRILIPIX 105 85 16 215
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 103 98 17 253
LIDODERM 99 98 18 64
DIOVAN HCT 92 80 19 118
CALCITONIN-SALMON 92 87 19 209
LOVASTATIN 92 92 19 19
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 86 84 22 117
LIPITOR 85 78 23 89
JANUMET 85 67 23 202
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 76 69 25 74
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 76 25 70
ALLOPURINOL 76 70 25 31
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 72 69 28 96
MELOXICAM 70 70 29 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 69 56 30 25
PROAIR HFA 68 63 31 35
FORTICAL 63 62 32 355
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 52 33 62
SYMBICORT 57 57 34 206
DONEPEZIL HCL 56 56 35 32
LISINOPRIL 55 42 36 1
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 48 37 42
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 31, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.