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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,136Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 93 out of 1171

$783K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 78 out of 1171

857 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 857 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 857 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 10,621 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
LISINOPRIL 638 587 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 570 491 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 525 436 3 4
METFORMIN HCL 458 363 4 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 391 234 S3 5 8
LOVASTATIN 313 291 6 36
OMEPRAZOLE 295 222 7 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 262 246 8 2
GABAPENTIN 246 211 9 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 204 147 10 21
FUROSEMIDE 203 166 11 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 184 147 12 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 175 141 13 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 173 132 14 33
FINASTERIDE 167 160 15 88
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 163 129 16 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 161 156 17 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 147 112 18 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 146 129 19 10
ADVAIR DISKUS 145 139 20 51
ATENOLOL 142 128 21 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 130 106 22 12
SERTRALINE HCL 129 94 23 23
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 122 118 24 82
ALLOPURINOL 121 103 25 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 111 98 26 17
LANTUS 110 98 27 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 105 70 28 19
GLIPIZIDE ER 104 82 29 86
RANITIDINE HCL 104 103 29 38
GLIPIZIDE 103 89 31 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 87 32 26
CELEBREX 99 96 33 100
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 96 63 34 90
PAROXETINE HCL 95 66 35 62
PROAIR HFA 93 54 36 49
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 92 91 37 58
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 91 85 38 202
CITALOPRAM HBR 91 67 38 22
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 88 69 40 73
VERAPAMIL ER 84 79 41 91
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 84 64 S2 41 59
CARVEDILOL 84 77 41 20
ROPINIROLE HCL 84 84 41 119
CRESTOR 82 59 45 27
PEN NEEDLE 79 61 46 122
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 79 61 46 29
TERAZOSIN HCL 79 63 46 143
TRAZODONE HCL 75 50 49 37
ONGLYZA 73 67 50 214
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 70 58 S3 51 121
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 40 52 76
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 67 65 52 171
GEMFIBROZIL 65 40 54 117
DONEPEZIL HCL 65 65 54 24
KLOR-CON M20 64 63 56 41
ANDROGEL 63 44 S3 57 306
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 62 34 S2 58 146
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61 53 59 133
CLOPIDOGREL 60 54 60 35
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 56 60 40
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 59 37 62 103
INSULIN SYRINGE 59 42 62 71
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 27 64 113
BUPROPION HCL SR 55 31 65 224
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 55 50 65 112
CLONIDINE HCL 54 37 67 45
TRAMADOL HCL 53 49 68 18
GLIPIZIDE XL 52 51 69 124
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 52 32 69 54
DIGOXIN 52 52 69 68
DIOVAN 52 49 69 32
SPIRIVA 51 49 73 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 35 74 44
VENTOLIN HFA 50 35 74 177
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 Dec. 4, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.