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Prescriber Checkup

WILLIAM HOWELL M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,341Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3156 out of 6645

$197K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3917 out of 6645

449 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 449 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 3,873 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 26%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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 California
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 224 211 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 212 187 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 189 156 S3 3 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 185 159 4 10
LISINOPRIL 166 149 5 3
ATENOLOL 139 128 6 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 117 7 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 125 117 8 20
METFORMIN HCL 117 97 9 7
GLIPIZIDE 108 92 10 23
OMEPRAZOLE 100 94 11 6
INSULIN SYRINGE 86 72 12 61
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 82 13 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 73 14 26
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 77 53 S3 15 80
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 74 69 16 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 59 17 37
RISPERIDONE 69 69 18 93
FUROSEMIDE 64 55 19 11
FAMOTIDINE 62 62 20 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 60 53 21 17
LEVOTHROID 53 46 22 39
NAMENDA 52 52 23 41
K-TAB 52 43 23 98
SERTRALINE HCL 52 51 23 43
NOVOLIN N 51 40 26 106
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.