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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,286Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 40 out of 1171

$1.75M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 1171

726 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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 Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,917 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

41% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$101 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,682 1,222 1 4
METFORMIN HCL 667 412 2 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 622 413 3 34
METFORMIN HCL ER 541 338 4 52
SYNTHROID 444 311 5 48
PEN NEEDLE 441 259 6 122
CRESTOR 437 256 7 27
INSULIN SYRINGE 422 301 8 71
SIMVASTATIN 401 305 9 1
FUROSEMIDE 370 271 10 6
JANUVIA 355 278 11 66
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 351 260 12 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 343 219 13 13
GABAPENTIN 290 206 14 16
VITAMIN D2 290 209 14 275
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 284 209 16 2
LISINOPRIL 274 176 17 3
LOVAZA 270 162 18 118
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 245 136 19 237
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 230 180 20 14
OMEPRAZOLE 220 154 21 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 203 170 22 33
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 197 142 23 90
TRAMADOL HCL 179 142 24 18
ZETIA 173 107 25 63
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 171 110 26 250
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 163 120 27 145
LANTUS 154 107 28 46
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 151 94 29 207
NEXIUM 151 100 29 25
GLIPIZIDE ER 141 115 31 86
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 106 32 40
ALLOPURINOL 135 88 33 31
HUMALOG 133 82 34 132
ONGLYZA 130 120 35 214
NOVOLOG 130 62 35 94
TRILIPIX 125 60 37 198
NIASPAN 123 72 38 136
JANUMET 117 52 39 233
CITALOPRAM HBR 114 105 40 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 80 40 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 113 65 42 19
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 113 80 42 157
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 112 97 44 21
TRICOR 111 65 45 140
DIOVAN 108 80 46 32
SPIRONOLACTONE 102 77 47 53
VYTORIN 99 87 48 191
GLIPIZIDE XL 99 56 48 124
ACTOS 98 63 50 123
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 93 86 51 17
FENOFIBRATE 93 61 51 81
HUMULIN 70-30 93 60 51 183
LEVEMIR 87 50 54 167
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 84 71 55 11
ATENOLOL 82 54 56 15
EVISTA 82 56 56 154
KLOR-CON M20 80 48 58 41
CLOPIDOGREL 77 52 59 35
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 76 60 60 330
ACTONEL 75 57 61 212
NOVOLIN 70-30 72 59 62 242
BYSTOLIC 69 33 63 96
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 69 57 63 69
METHIMAZOLE 68 49 65 228
PLAVIX 64 41 66 55
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 61 67 189
GLIPIZIDE 62 39 68 47
CLONIDINE HCL 56 51 69 45
RANITIDINE HCL 52 33 70 38
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 37 70 73
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 38 72 70
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 51 35 R 72 345
TORSEMIDE 50 41 74 150
LANSOPRAZOLE 50 19 74 150
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 Jan. 27, 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.