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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,194Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 112 out of 1171

$632K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 126 out of 1171

403 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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
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this specialty
in Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 403 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 403 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 9,331 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
LISINOPRIL 478 409 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 377 282 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 361 267 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 310 252 4 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 270 241 5 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 266 254 6 2
METFORMIN HCL 264 207 7 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 253 184 8 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 243 133 S3 9 8
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 232 126 S2 10 99
TRAMADOL HCL 229 175 11 18
CLOPIDOGREL 207 151 12 35
GABAPENTIN 195 148 13 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 195 147 13 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 183 123 15 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 168 156 16 10
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 167 158 17 58
TAMSULOSIN HCL 164 133 18 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 162 95 19 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 141 103 20 4
GLYBURIDE 137 125 R 21 97
MELOXICAM 126 122 22 56
PLAVIX 118 88 23 55
ALLOPURINOL 118 102 23 31
KLOR-CON M20 116 94 25 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 113 89 26 44
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 112 63 R 27 74
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 105 51 R 28 67
SPIRIVA 103 80 29 57
NEXIUM 102 70 30 25
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 96 91 31 202
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 95 83 32 13
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 95 64 S2 32 59
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 92 34 9
CARVEDILOL 91 78 35 20
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 88 78 36 82
ATENOLOL 86 86 37 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 68 38 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 69 39 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 75 39 40
FAMOTIDINE 79 66 41 75
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 70 42 166
PROMETHAZINE HCL 70 33 R 43 87
CRESTOR 69 45 44 27
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 68 52 45 142
ZETIA 68 57 45 63
WARFARIN SODIUM 67 50 47 12
NIFEDICAL XL 64 60 48 255
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 43 48 29
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64 52 48 101
LACTULOSE 63 58 51 108
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 34 51 53
NIFEDIPINE ER 63 56 51 114
PAROXETINE HCL 62 62 54 62
CITALOPRAM HBR 61 61 55 22
NADOLOL 60 51 56 322
RANITIDINE HCL 58 49 57 38
CEPHALEXIN 58 39 57 104
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 40 59 30
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 51 60 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 44 60 51
CELEBREX 55 36 62 100
PROBENECID-COLCHICINE 55 46 62 442
ONDANSETRON HCL 53 20 64 279
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 53 48 64 112
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 52 39 66 103
GLIMEPIRIDE 50 50 67 34
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 26, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.