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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,660Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 54 out of 917

$573K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 82 out of 917

652 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 652 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 652 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 8,414 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
OMEPRAZOLE 481 324 1 4
LISINOPRIL 397 320 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 381 271 S3 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 379 316 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 348 301 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 315 241 6 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 258 228 7 11
METFORMIN HCL 254 188 8 8
GABAPENTIN 225 133 9 17
LOVASTATIN 193 178 10 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 151 11 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 187 156 11 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 162 140 13 15
TRAZODONE HCL 152 112 14 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 146 131 15 10
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 124 80 R 16 67
ALLOPURINOL 118 92 17 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 117 87 18 18
GLIPIZIDE 111 90 19 40
TRAMADOL HCL 111 70 19 28
SERTRALINE HCL 108 50 21 24
PREDNISONE 102 87 22 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 100 61 23 13
ATENOLOL 99 87 24 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 96 49 25 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 96 96 25 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 94 81 27 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 92 92 28 36
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 91 91 29 95
ROPINIROLE HCL 90 69 30 88
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 88 60 31 169
CLOPIDOGREL 87 72 32 50
MIRTAZAPINE 86 79 33 39
MELOXICAM 86 64 33 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83 68 35 25
SPIRIVA 80 58 36 45
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 79 55 37 177
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 78 41 S2 38 46
LANTUS 76 31 39 37
CARVEDILOL 76 52 39 33
RISPERIDONE 75 48 41 51
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 74 65 42 116
OXYCODONE HCL 71 27 S2 43 27
PROAIR HFA 70 37 44 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 49 44 14
PLAVIX 69 58 46 84
PAROXETINE HCL 69 67 46 57
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 65 47 48 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 57 48 20
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 24 R 50 65
DIOVAN 64 47 50 49
GLYBURIDE 64 58 R 50 71
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 31 S2 53 164
HYDRALAZINE HCL 56 48 54 90
METHADONE HCL 55 13 S2 55 59
DILTIAZEM ER 54 42 56 106
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 54 43 56 147
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 35 58 42
KLOR-CON 10 52 52 59 115
PREMARIN 52 52 R 59 146
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 37 61 26
CRESTOR 51 26 61 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 28 61 44
DOXEPIN HCL 50 26 64 224
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 3, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.