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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,770Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 917

$838K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 917

520 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 520 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 520 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,036 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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
SIMVASTATIN 627 515 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 588 513 2 4
LISINOPRIL 551 444 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 535 472 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 432 338 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 369 341 6 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 340 282 S3 7 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 295 231 8 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 254 195 9 21
METFORMIN HCL 251 150 10 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 230 208 11 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 224 200 12 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 222 195 13 9
GABAPENTIN 221 200 14 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 205 178 15 23
CYMBALTA 200 107 16 56
RANITIDINE HCL 186 171 17 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 177 146 18 14
ATENOLOL 172 162 19 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 169 132 20 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 166 150 21 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 146 130 22 20
TRAZODONE HCL 146 111 22 22
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 138 71 R 24 65
SPIRIVA 135 102 25 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 134 110 26 44
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 134 98 26 78
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 134 101 26 18
NAMENDA 133 133 29 43
NEXIUM 127 115 30 60
CARVEDILOL 123 118 31 33
SERTRALINE HCL 119 107 32 24
TRAMADOL HCL 116 84 33 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 115 104 34 36
PROAIR HFA 111 87 35 35
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 102 54 S2 36 48
MIRTAZAPINE 99 93 37 39
GLIPIZIDE ER 99 77 37 128
ROPINIROLE HCL 96 84 39 88
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 78 40 26
LOVASTATIN 95 73 40 19
LANTUS 95 90 40 37
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 94 50 R 43 67
FLUOXETINE HCL 91 75 44 38
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 89 45 62
PREDNISONE 86 61 46 34
DONEPEZIL HCL 85 85 47 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 55 48 42
VERAPAMIL ER 80 64 48 145
KLOR-CON 10 80 76 48 115
LYRICA 77 17 51 122
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 59 52 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 72 58 53 72
DIGOXIN 68 56 54 41
FENOFIBRATE 66 46 55 73
CLOPIDOGREL 66 53 55 50
NAPROXEN 66 41 55 107
NOVOLOG 61 57 58 98
DIOVAN 60 54 59 49
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 59 36 60 114
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 58 44 61 165
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 58 58 61 76
HYDRALAZINE HCL 57 57 63 90
PAROXETINE HCL 56 55 64 57
PLAVIX 54 43 65 84
OXYCODONE HCL 54 39 S2 65 27
RISPERIDONE 53 53 67 51
JANUVIA 50 43 68 81
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 Aug. 3, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.