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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,338Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 917

$683K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 917

406 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%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

31% of this provider’s 406 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 406 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 10,747 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 517 445 1 10
SIMVASTATIN 468 433 2 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 444 395 3 11
LISINOPRIL 433 374 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 403 341 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 353 305 6 5
FUROSEMIDE 338 280 7 7
OXYCODONE HCL 326 192 S2 8 27
LANTUS 314 266 9 37
GABAPENTIN 287 201 10 17
RISPERIDONE 279 257 11 51
CITALOPRAM HBR 246 235 12 15
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 206 131 S2 13 48
OMEPRAZOLE 198 170 14 4
SERTRALINE HCL 187 159 15 24
CYMBALTA 175 113 16 56
MIRTAZAPINE 165 147 17 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 164 163 18 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 152 127 19 25
RANITIDINE HCL 151 121 20 29
TRAZODONE HCL 148 138 21 22
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 144 141 22 52
PREDNISONE 142 115 23 34
NOVOLOG 138 111 24 98
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 137 111 25 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 136 118 26 75
BACLOFEN 120 73 27 82
FENTANYL 116 95 S2 28 58
HYDRALAZINE HCL 114 84 29 90
CARVEDILOL 113 99 30 33
METFORMIN HCL 111 109 31 8
ATENOLOL 104 94 32 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 104 86 32 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 103 100 34 18
LIDODERM 100 78 35 64
CLOPIDOGREL 97 85 36 50
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 97 90 S3 36 6
LEVOFLOXACIN 97 77 36 138
NAMENDA 95 95 39 43
ROPINIROLE HCL 88 54 40 88
CEFTRIAXONE 87 62 41 217
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 83 76 42 150
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 80 37 43 134
CLONIDINE HCL 76 61 44 85
OLANZAPINE 67 65 45 103
DIGOXIN 67 66 45 41
SPIRIVA 66 53 47 45
PLAVIX 65 51 48 84
DILTIAZEM ER 65 62 48 106
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 64 50 123
GLIPIZIDE 64 64 50 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 62 49 52 70
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 60 52 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 61 33 54 14
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 38 S2 54 46
LEVETIRACETAM 60 39 56 120
VANCOMYCIN HCL 59 21 57 314
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56 36 58 66
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 41 59 44
FINASTERIDE 54 54 60 77
TRAMADOL HCL 52 45 61 28
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 44 61 116
LYRICA 51 45 63 122
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 24 63 26
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 Oct. 15, 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.