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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,501Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 178

$354K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 178

278 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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 District of Columbia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 278 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,526 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 District of Columbia
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 343 280 1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 301 250 2 4
METFORMIN HCL 207 171 3 7
LISINOPRIL 202 162 4 2
NIFEDIPINE ER 179 177 5 34
CRESTOR 166 136 6 17
FUROSEMIDE 153 141 7 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 113 8 5
SIMVASTATIN 135 112 9 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 129 71 10 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 127 95 11 8
DIOVAN 119 117 12 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 113 13 19
GLIPIZIDE ER 95 88 14 80
DIOVAN HCT 95 88 14 48
LIPITOR 92 84 16 62
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 88 78 17 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 80 67 18 11
PLAVIX 77 53 19 54
HYDRALAZINE HCL 76 73 20 24
KLOR-CON M20 70 64 21 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 66 61 22 43
CARVEDILOL 64 58 23 27
ATENOLOL 60 59 24 13
NEXIUM 60 31 24 25
ZETIA 58 39 26 102
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 56 49 S3 27 20
CLOPIDOGREL 55 45 28 36
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 48 29 56
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 Sept. 26, 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.