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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,519Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 1171

$1.26M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 1171

637 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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 Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 637 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 637 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,009 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
SIMVASTATIN 848 771 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 609 496 2 4
TRAMADOL HCL 574 497 3 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 543 415 4 2
LISINOPRIL 540 432 5 3
TRAZODONE HCL 448 360 6 37
FUROSEMIDE 445 394 7 6
OMEPRAZOLE 445 365 7 5
MIRTAZAPINE 439 405 9 50
CARVEDILOL 420 328 10 20
METFORMIN HCL 411 326 11 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 392 372 12 24
NAMENDA 350 347 13 42
NOVOLIN R 298 267 14 155
WARFARIN SODIUM 276 193 15 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 268 218 16 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 267 209 17 10
GABAPENTIN 246 208 18 16
LEVETIRACETAM 237 194 19 84
SERTRALINE HCL 232 178 20 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 224 137 21 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 220 185 22 11
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 205 181 23 69
JANUVIA 179 121 24 66
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 177 153 S3 25 8
FAMOTIDINE 176 126 26 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 174 168 27 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 172 114 28 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 155 124 29 29
CLOPIDOGREL 154 130 30 35
GLIPIZIDE 153 127 31 47
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 149 103 32 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 103 33 9
PREDNISONE 143 109 34 39
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 136 98 35 109
LACTULOSE 135 102 36 108
BUSPIRONE HCL 134 75 37 129
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 132 107 38 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 128 96 39 17
LANTUS 126 114 40 46
SPIRIVA 124 92 41 57
MELOXICAM 122 87 42 56
CYMBALTA 120 85 43 64
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 120 71 43 106
PLAVIX 119 114 45 55
ADVAIR DISKUS 118 114 46 51
CEPHALEXIN 117 93 47 104
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 114 95 48 82
PAROXETINE HCL 114 52 48 62
BACLOFEN 113 37 50 110
LEVEMIR 108 106 51 167
DIOVAN 108 80 51 32
HYDRALAZINE HCL 106 76 53 60
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 105 87 54 33
SEROQUEL 103 88 55 120
GLUCAGEN 102 97 56 272
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 102 101 56 130
NEXIUM 97 65 58 25
SANTYL 97 81 58 173
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 95 89 60 264
TRANSDERM-SCOP 93 50 61 337
AZITHROMYCIN 91 75 62 43
SPIRONOLACTONE 90 68 63 53
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 89 88 64 19
VALPROIC ACID 87 46 65 245
RISPERIDONE 86 83 66 77
KLOR-CON M20 86 57 66 41
DIGOXIN 85 73 68 68
PROMETHAZINE HCL 85 65 R 68 87
ALLOPURINOL 83 65 70 31
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 79 43 R 71 67
LEVOFLOXACIN 78 60 72 105
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 77 55 73 174
GLIMEPIRIDE 75 59 74 34
ATENOLOL 74 62 75 15
METFORMIN HCL ER 73 43 76 52
CLONIDINE HCL 72 66 77 45
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71 57 78 14
LATANOPROST 67 50 79 188
HYDROXYZINE HCL 66 52 R 80 168
CRESTOR 65 60 81 27
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64 64 82 101
SINGULAIR 64 39 82 78
HUMULIN R 64 57 82 226
LEXAPRO 63 51 85 222
EXELON 63 63 85 164
AMOXICILLIN 63 41 85 111
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 63 32 85 172
CLONIDINE 62 40 89 229
OLANZAPINE 61 51 90 153
NOVOLOG 61 59 90 94
ROPINIROLE HCL 58 49 92 119
CHOLESTYRAMINE 58 50 92 369
SILVER SULFADIAZINE 57 55 94 355
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 30 95 171
NATEGLINIDE 55 31 96 286
ZETIA 55 52 96 63
PROAIR HFA 55 29 96 49
NYSTATIN 55 47 96 128
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 55 30 96 137
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54 42 101 44
HUMALOG 54 40 101 132
DILTIAZEM HCL 52 41 103 247
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 52 52 103 235
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 32 R 103 74
BYSTOLIC 51 47 106 96
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 50 49 107 107
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 40 107 141
HALOPERIDOL LACTATE 50 0 107 361
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.