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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,481Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 917

$1.5M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 917

669 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

19% of this provider’s 669 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 669 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 19,081 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,280 1,083 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 1,108 870 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 972 764 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 916 737 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 671 451 S3 5 6
LISINOPRIL 664 494 6 1
LIDODERM 507 476 7 64
WARFARIN SODIUM 475 437 8 10
FUROSEMIDE 439 315 9 7
RANITIDINE HCL 423 321 10 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 417 317 11 15
MELOXICAM 413 358 12 53
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 398 349 13 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 354 341 14 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 332 244 15 16
TRAMADOL HCL 296 136 16 28
CELEBREX 272 260 17 124
METFORMIN HCL 259 214 18 8
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 245 104 S2 19 46
DIOVAN 244 205 20 49
OXYCODONE HCL 239 132 S2 21 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 238 235 22 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 228 182 23 9
RISPERIDONE 210 196 24 51
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 209 152 25 63
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 204 167 26 14
PROAIR HFA 204 94 26 35
GLIMEPIRIDE 203 188 28 54
TRAZODONE HCL 193 115 29 22
GABAPENTIN 189 132 30 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 188 169 31 18
MIRTAZAPINE 183 178 32 39
NAMENDA 174 174 33 43
CARVEDILOL 172 115 34 33
METHADONE HCL 171 82 S2 35 59
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 167 113 36 52
METFORMIN HCL ER 164 139 37 69
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 155 120 38 66
FENTANYL 155 141 S2 38 58
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 154 123 40 21
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 152 36 R 41 65
SPIRIVA 150 111 42 45
DIOVAN HCT 139 130 43 118
ATENOLOL 138 95 44 12
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 138 57 S2 44 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 137 118 46 26
PEN NEEDLE 136 106 47 99
NEXIUM 132 117 48 60
EVISTA 129 128 49 130
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 127 121 50 161
ACTOS 125 125 51 112
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 123 99 52 23
LYRICA 118 78 53 122
PREDNISONE 118 103 53 34
LOVASTATIN 118 82 53 19
CYMBALTA 116 58 56 56
JANUVIA 113 111 57 81
CLOPIDOGREL 112 93 58 50
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 112 83 58 36
CLONIDINE HCL 108 94 60 85
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 107 77 61 44
ZENPEP 107 102 61 265
LANTUS 105 84 63 37
HYDRALAZINE HCL 99 73 64 90
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 97 92 65 13
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 96 77 66 132
ALLOPURINOL 96 80 66 31
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 94 62 68 169
IBUPROFEN 93 40 69 97
SEROQUEL 93 72 69 119
PLAVIX 91 83 71 84
SERTRALINE HCL 86 70 72 24
MOMETASONE FUROATE 83 64 73 269
CRESTOR 83 66 73 30
LOVAZA 82 35 75 154
LEVETIRACETAM 80 80 76 120
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 79 76 62
AZITHROMYCIN 78 64 78 61
GLIPIZIDE ER 75 68 79 128
VENTOLIN HFA 74 62 80 135
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 73 80 38
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 73 50 82 201
BACLOFEN 72 43 83 82
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 44 84 47
TRICOR 70 57 84 163
LIPITOR 70 50 84 89
LAMOTRIGINE 67 52 87 175
HYDROCORTISONE 67 56 87 232
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 66 65 89 95
CEPHALEXIN 63 51 90 105
ETODOLAC 61 24 91 182
ESTRADIOL 61 22 R 91 102
AGGRENOX 59 59 93 186
METHOCARBAMOL 58 13 R 94 87
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 58 25 R 94 67
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56 45 96 86
BENICAR 54 54 97 104
NABUMETONE 54 25 97 184
ZOSTAVAX 54 50 97 92
ZETIA 50 46 100 93
FENOFIBRATE 50 31 100 73
GEMFIBROZIL 50 31 100 140
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 50 48 100 237
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 44 100 114
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. 29, 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.