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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,619Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 205 out of 2056

$355K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 196 out of 2056

291 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 291 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 291 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,216 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 Washington
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 424 424 1 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 280 280 2 12
LISINOPRIL 242 219 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 241 236 4 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 240 240 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 169 162 6 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 147 131 7 15
OMEPRAZOLE 142 136 8 4
NAMENDA 142 142 8 62
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 136 124 10 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 134 133 11 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 133 131 12 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 129 129 13 19
MIRTAZAPINE 122 122 14 45
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 122 115 14 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 109 107 16 17
ATENOLOL 107 107 17 10
GABAPENTIN 99 83 18 14
SERTRALINE HCL 95 95 19 25
HYDRALAZINE HCL 79 79 20 168
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 76 21 46
LOVASTATIN 74 54 22 16
GLIPIZIDE 72 72 23 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 65 24 7
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 64 25 31
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 63 26 87
ALLOPURINOL 61 45 27 32
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 60 60 28 101
LANTUS 60 60 28 41
CARVEDILOL 54 54 30 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 53 53 31 13
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 18, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.