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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,058Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 917

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 917

774 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

16% of this provider’s 774 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 774 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 18,128 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 1,192 1,070 1 2
LISINOPRIL 777 692 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 720 565 S3 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 680 611 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 662 595 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 583 532 6 5
FUROSEMIDE 566 493 7 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 517 499 8 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 459 388 9 15
METFORMIN HCL 388 346 10 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 387 374 11 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 345 331 12 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 310 253 13 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 301 286 14 18
GABAPENTIN 300 220 15 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 284 284 16 32
SERTRALINE HCL 249 209 17 24
OXYCODONE HCL 245 177 S2 18 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 231 221 19 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 226 178 20 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 205 202 21 25
LANTUS 205 145 21 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 201 199 23 13
MIRTAZAPINE 199 155 24 39
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 197 143 S2 25 46
LOVASTATIN 177 148 26 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 167 138 27 66
SPIRIVA 162 120 28 45
CARVEDILOL 159 124 29 33
DIGOXIN 154 150 30 41
RANITIDINE HCL 150 129 31 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 149 129 32 52
RISPERIDONE 141 111 33 51
ATENOLOL 138 134 34 12
GLIPIZIDE 138 126 34 40
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 138 90 S2 34 48
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 135 120 37 14
TRAMADOL HCL 133 109 38 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 132 124 39 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 124 40 42
PREDNISONE 123 117 41 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 122 102 42 44
PROAIR HFA 120 95 43 35
NAMENDA 119 119 44 43
METHADONE HCL 119 73 S2 44 59
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 116 115 46 95
TRAZODONE HCL 114 87 47 22
CRESTOR 109 88 48 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108 80 49 26
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 107 106 50 123
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 105 90 51 76
ADVAIR DISKUS 102 83 52 47
ALLOPURINOL 96 93 53 31
NOVOLOG 95 84 54 98
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 90 88 55 70
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 87 83 56 134
INSULIN SYRINGE 83 57 57 83
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 66 58 38
SPIRONOLACTONE 78 63 59 55
DIOVAN 77 77 60 49
FENTANYL 76 71 S2 61 58
PAROXETINE HCL 70 61 62 57
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 69 65 63 63
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 69 54 63 75
JANTOVEN 69 68 63 178
SEROQUEL 69 48 63 119
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 68 64 67 117
AZITHROMYCIN 67 57 68 61
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 67 68 62
BUSPIRONE HCL 67 67 68 160
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 64 45 71 96
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 62 71 36
CLOPIDOGREL 64 57 71 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 62 74 114
BUMETANIDE 63 55 74 239
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 60 76 86
DILTIAZEM ER 61 56 77 106
BENICAR 61 59 77 104
PLAVIX 60 55 79 84
OXYCONTIN 57 29 S2 80 100
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 57 54 80 74
TRICOR 55 37 82 163
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 42 82 116
KLOR-CON 10 54 51 84 115
CYMBALTA 54 29 84 56
HYDRALAZINE HCL 53 48 86 90
NOVOLIN R 53 34 86 198
FAMOTIDINE 53 51 86 91
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 51 50 89 203
PROMETHAZINE HCL 50 28 R 90 141
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. 11, 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.