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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,744Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1783 out of 3647

$398K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1514 out of 3647

331 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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 Florida
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 331 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,092 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Florida
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 236 215 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 225 213 2 1
CRESTOR 174 141 3 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 170 150 4 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 158 143 5 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 157 144 6 2
LISINOPRIL 136 117 7 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 132 120 8 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 105 82 9 25
TRAMADOL HCL 94 77 10 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 93 86 11 14
OMEPRAZOLE 88 71 12 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 81 77 13 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 79 73 14 7
CARVEDILOL 79 62 14 20
FUROSEMIDE 77 73 16 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 64 17 38
ATENOLOL 69 57 18 10
SERTRALINE HCL 64 63 19 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 51 20 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 59 48 21 45
SYNTHROID 59 59 21 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 59 56 21 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 57 57 24 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 52 25 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 43 26 9
EVISTA 54 46 27 184
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 53 48 28 18
GABAPENTIN 51 31 29 17
NEXIUM 50 46 30 44
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 June 15, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.