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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,513Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 71 out of 1171

$822K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 68 out of 1171

604 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

5% of this provider’s 604 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 604 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,195 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$57 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,026 763 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 514 246 S3 2 8
LISINOPRIL 462 294 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 411 272 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 407 322 5 70
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 403 267 6 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 374 276 7 26
SIMVASTATIN 320 218 8 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 284 175 9 10
OMEPRAZOLE 250 138 10 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 242 156 11 19
NEXIUM 235 134 12 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 203 104 13 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 186 139 14 12
CRESTOR 176 116 15 27
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 175 130 16 58
METFORMIN HCL 168 83 17 7
PREDNISONE 165 114 18 39
TRAMADOL HCL 161 96 19 18
CLONIDINE HCL 161 49 19 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 154 120 21 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 153 48 22 21
GABAPENTIN 149 84 23 16
METFORMIN HCL ER 146 94 24 52
PROAIR HFA 136 53 25 49
ATENOLOL 135 84 26 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 134 104 27 14
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 116 28 40
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 131 94 29 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 130 60 30 17
LABETALOL HCL 128 84 31 179
CARVEDILOL 123 84 32 20
FINASTERIDE 119 82 33 88
ADVAIR DISKUS 115 65 34 51
SPIRIVA 114 48 35 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 65 36 28
IBUPROFEN 105 58 37 80
DIOVAN 101 65 38 32
KLOR-CON 10 100 74 39 126
DONEPEZIL HCL 97 80 40 24
GLIPIZIDE ER 97 71 40 86
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 44 42 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 94 77 43 34
ALLOPURINOL 90 81 44 31
DIOVAN HCT 89 82 45 65
PLAVIX 88 48 46 55
RANITIDINE HCL 87 70 47 38
KLOR-CON M20 85 62 48 41
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 85 72 S3 48 121
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 81 59 50 219
CITALOPRAM HBR 80 30 51 22
PEN NEEDLE 78 37 52 122
JANUVIA 77 54 53 66
ACTOS 76 66 54 123
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 74 51 55 103
CLOPIDOGREL 73 57 56 35
AZITHROMYCIN 73 44 56 43
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 71 62 58 145
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 70 27 59 13
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 64 36 60 133
NIFEDIPINE ER 64 64 60 114
NAPROXEN 61 35 62 95
SPIRONOLACTONE 61 35 62 53
NAMENDA 60 56 64 42
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 17 S2 65 59
CYMBALTA 58 25 65 64
TRAZODONE HCL 58 33 65 37
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 41 68 71
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56 39 68 29
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 52 51 70 112
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 51 24 71 237
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 Dec. 7, 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.