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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,294Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 140 out of 917

$490K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 126 out of 917

523 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
16% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 523 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 523 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,259 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
LISINOPRIL 426 364 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 345 316 2 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 314 280 3 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 251 233 4 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 247 219 5 14
SIMVASTATIN 233 216 6 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 233 214 6 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 218 175 S3 8 6
LOVASTATIN 215 209 9 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 207 193 10 11
FUROSEMIDE 206 199 11 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 199 191 12 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 171 149 13 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 160 155 14 13
METFORMIN HCL 144 126 15 8
ATENOLOL 143 136 16 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 129 110 17 26
SERTRALINE HCL 121 111 18 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 102 93 19 20
OXYCODONE HCL 102 33 S2 19 27
GABAPENTIN 99 77 21 17
ALLOPURINOL 94 90 22 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 90 90 23 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 85 78 24 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81 53 25 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 78 78 26 32
TERAZOSIN HCL 76 74 27 108
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 64 60 28 76
LIPITOR 63 50 29 89
RANITIDINE HCL 62 52 30 29
TRAZODONE HCL 57 51 31 22
PROAIR HFA 56 49 32 35
INSULIN SYRINGE 55 50 33 83
CRESTOR 53 31 34 30
CARVEDILOL 51 51 35 33
PEN NEEDLE 51 42 35 99
FLOVENT HFA 50 41 37 192
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 50 37 37 169
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 50 37 44
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 35 R 37 67
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 June 17, 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.