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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,116Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 71 out of 761

$491K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 133 out of 761

722 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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 Oregon
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 722 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 722 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,770 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 Oregon
SIMVASTATIN 527 479 1 2
LISINOPRIL 406 376 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 397 335 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 340 307 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 330 319 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 316 282 6 4
ATENOLOL 269 243 7 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 222 205 8 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 213 197 9 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 204 191 10 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 191 148 11 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 189 163 12 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 181 168 13 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 171 148 14 19
LOVASTATIN 164 153 15 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 161 132 S3 16 5
METFORMIN HCL 161 134 16 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 157 18 27
GABAPENTIN 155 140 19 15
TRAZODONE HCL 151 121 20 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 145 132 21 12
PREDNISONE 140 121 22 30
TRAMADOL HCL 138 134 23 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 135 118 24 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 123 112 25 18
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 114 105 26 55
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 111 100 27 29
SERTRALINE HCL 107 89 28 25
CARVEDILOL 107 105 28 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 98 86 30 33
FELODIPINE ER 90 76 31 108
OXYCODONE HCL 82 51 S2 32 24
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 81 43 R 33 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 69 33 37
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 78 35 31
ALLOPURINOL 76 73 36 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 70 70 37 16
DILTIAZEM ER 68 68 38 130
PROAIR HFA 65 59 39 32
CLONIDINE HCL 63 52 40 69
MIRTAZAPINE 61 60 41 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 56 42 63
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 60 42 35
PROPRANOLOL HCL 59 58 44 100
FENOFIBRATE 56 46 45 91
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 51 46 112
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 53 46 40
GALANTAMINE HBR 55 55 46 221
PAROXETINE HCL 54 40 49 47
METHADONE HCL 54 33 S2 49 75
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 48 51 117
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 April 13, 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.