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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,330Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 732 out of 3647

$636K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 684 out of 3647

343 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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 Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 343 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 343 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,701 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$56 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 18.


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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 Florida
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 385 377 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 344 331 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 331 296 3 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 324 324 4 15
OMEPRAZOLE 323 319 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 291 278 6 7
LISINOPRIL 246 234 7 4
MIRTAZAPINE 236 236 8 63
FUROSEMIDE 226 222 9 8
NAMENDA 199 199 10 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 194 194 11 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 174 166 12 25
GABAPENTIN 166 150 13 17
TRAMADOL HCL 162 151 14 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 145 15 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 147 147 16 24
RISPERIDONE 141 141 17 83
SERTRALINE HCL 116 116 18 27
CARVEDILOL 115 96 19 20
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 109 109 20 127
METFORMIN HCL 108 105 21 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 108 106 21 13
TRAZODONE HCL 107 103 23 64
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 96 96 24 169
KLOR-CON M20 95 95 25 121
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 88 26 53
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 92 90 27 89
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 92 83 27 11
PREDNISONE 89 89 29 43
NOVOLIN R 87 85 30 139
CLOPIDOGREL 85 80 31 26
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 85 78 31 334
VANCOMYCIN HCL 85 75 31 329
RANITIDINE HCL 82 82 34 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 79 71 35 143
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 78 78 36 110
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75 69 37 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 73 38 23
ATENOLOL 73 66 38 10
CLONIDINE HCL 73 72 38 46
PEN NEEDLE 71 60 41 166
DIOVAN 70 70 42 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 69 66 43 131
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 69 69 43 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 57 45 9
NOVOLOG 65 62 46 123
FAMOTIDINE 64 64 47 61
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 56 S3 48 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61 60 49 56
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 61 44 49 230
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 60 48 51 35
PLAVIX 60 55 51 39
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 59 53 155
KLOR-CON M10 59 59 53 227
CEFTRIAXONE 58 58 55 305
CYMBALTA 58 58 55 79
MELOXICAM 57 56 57 33
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 57 56 S2 57 163
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 53 59 87
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 50 59 65
LANTUS 55 52 61 59
GLIPIZIDE 54 50 62 41
DIGOXIN 54 54 62 51
MUPIROCIN 53 51 64 137
AMIODARONE HCL 53 53 64 211
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 51 46 66 157
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 50 67 77
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. 2, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.