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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,637Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 111 out of 393

$380K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 112 out of 393

393 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
32%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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
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this specialty
in Nevada
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

54% of this provider’s 393 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 393 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 2,123 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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 Nevada
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 562 151 S3 1 5
CARISOPRODOL 525 34 R 2 45
GABAPENTIN 340 64 3 15
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 317 30 S2 4 48
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 312 68 S2 5 54
OXYCODONE HCL 265 65 S2 6 36
METHADONE HCL 167 40 S2 7 102
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 154 76 8 4
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 135 52 S2 9 71
LISINOPRIL 126 28 10 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 121 25 11 11
LYRICA 100 19 12 119
METFORMIN HCL 98 54 13 7
ATENOLOL 83 37 14 13
BACLOFEN 71 0 15 79
SIMVASTATIN 70 28 16 1
OMEPRAZOLE 66 39 17 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 62 36 18 9
CELEBREX 62 42 18 150
LIDODERM 60 13 20 116
WARFARIN SODIUM 59 26 21 17
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 0 R 21 109
NEXIUM 58 20 23 84
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 0 24 24
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 56 48 24 3
CLONIDINE HCL 53 28 26 50
BUDESONIDE 51 51 27 212
TAMSULOSIN HCL 50 34 28 25
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 Jan. 7, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.