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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,703Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 67 out of 1171

$928K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 1171

533 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

4% of this provider’s 533 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 533 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 9,893 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 650 441 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 491 318 2 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 427 320 3 13
LISINOPRIL 388 292 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 333 249 5 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 324 225 6 11
GABAPENTIN 322 228 7 16
FUROSEMIDE 303 218 8 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 299 218 9 10
SIMVASTATIN 277 184 10 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 256 184 11 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 255 199 12 12
METFORMIN HCL 247 138 13 7
CRESTOR 214 132 14 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 210 125 15 21
CYMBALTA 205 85 16 64
CITALOPRAM HBR 205 163 16 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 204 148 S3 18 8
NEXIUM 203 114 19 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 202 156 20 14
ATENOLOL 198 151 21 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 181 94 22 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 173 157 23 44
TRAMADOL HCL 165 91 24 18
CLOPIDOGREL 147 116 25 35
FENOFIBRATE 147 74 25 81
BENAZEPRIL HCL 141 119 27 83
FLUOXETINE HCL 139 67 28 76
TAMSULOSIN HCL 137 93 29 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 88 29 9
METFORMIN HCL ER 134 62 31 52
SYNTHROID 125 107 32 48
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 124 102 33 72
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 123 100 34 70
DONEPEZIL HCL 122 106 35 24
PLAVIX 120 83 36 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 118 103 37 33
NAMENDA 112 100 38 42
PAROXETINE HCL 111 61 39 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 109 45 40 69
DIOVAN 102 79 41 32
ZETIA 98 49 42 63
SINGULAIR 96 53 43 78
DIOVAN HCT 95 60 44 65
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 80 45 40
FAMOTIDINE 92 66 46 75
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 91 69 47 29
TRAZODONE HCL 89 46 48 37
SPIRIVA 82 32 49 57
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 82 56 49 101
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 81 48 51 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 80 63 52 34
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 80 43 52 149
MECLIZINE HCL 78 56 54 115
TRICOR 76 42 55 140
AZITHROMYCIN 76 43 55 43
RAMIPRIL 76 60 55 85
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 72 55 58 54
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 47 59 53
CARVEDILOL 68 60 60 20
PROPRANOLOL HCL 64 41 61 134
EXFORGE 64 54 61 208
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 34 R 61 67
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 31 61 26
MELOXICAM 63 37 65 56
ALLOPURINOL 62 30 66 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 17 67 51
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 61 36 67 73
LOVAZA 59 32 69 118
LIPITOR 57 38 70 92
LYRICA 54 0 71 127
TORSEMIDE 54 41 71 150
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 34 73 129
LANSOPRAZOLE 51 27 74 150
FENTANYL 51 46 S2 74 89
PROAIR HFA 50 27 76 49
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 July 27, 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.