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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,642Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 1171

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 1171

502 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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

13% of this provider’s 502 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 502 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 14,460 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
FUROSEMIDE 479 448 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 452 426 2 1
LISINOPRIL 451 399 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 444 421 4 2
TRAZODONE HCL 439 407 5 37
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 417 379 6 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 329 305 7 17
OMEPRAZOLE 315 295 8 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 287 286 9 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 260 258 10 11
GABAPENTIN 247 199 11 16
METFORMIN HCL 222 208 12 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 216 215 13 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 206 204 14 29
GLIMEPIRIDE 197 182 15 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 196 196 16 14
CARVEDILOL 195 180 17 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 190 178 18 10
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 186 160 19 61
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 181 158 S3 20 8
CLOPIDOGREL 166 159 21 35
MIRTAZAPINE 165 157 22 50
BENAZEPRIL HCL 150 139 23 83
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 149 134 24 13
NAMENDA 143 143 25 42
DIOVAN 140 139 26 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 131 129 27 28
LANTUS 131 129 27 46
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 130 130 29 44
PLAVIX 128 113 30 55
CITALOPRAM HBR 127 104 31 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 127 93 31 12
FAMOTIDINE 126 119 33 75
NOVOLOG 122 121 34 94
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 91 35 21
ATENOLOL 118 112 35 15
SERTRALINE HCL 118 115 35 23
RANITIDINE HCL 116 97 38 38
HALOPERIDOL 116 93 38 176
PREDNISONE 114 99 40 39
SPIRIVA 113 109 41 57
ALLOPURINOL 110 107 42 31
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 102 102 43 207
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 91 88 44 70
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 88 44 9
GLIPIZIDE 91 86 44 47
LACTULOSE 89 83 47 108
NYSTOP 85 81 48 215
KLOR-CON M10 85 84 48 125
TRAMADOL HCL 84 76 50 18
METHADONE HCL 83 80 S2 51 144
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 81 81 52 54
SPIRONOLACTONE 79 79 53 53
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 79 71 53 106
NEXIUM 79 65 53 25
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 78 77 56 103
CLONIDINE HCL 78 68 56 45
PAROXETINE HCL 77 61 58 62
LOVASTATIN 75 57 59 36
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 75 69 59 72
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 73 63 61 69
NAPROXEN 71 69 62 95
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 67 63 51
RISPERIDONE 67 47 64 77
ARANESP 66 66 65 414
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 63 63 66 107
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62 58 67 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 61 68 33
FENTANYL 59 59 S2 69 89
BACLOFEN 56 43 70 110
CYMBALTA 56 56 70 64
CEFUROXIME 56 50 70 169
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 55 54 73 130
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 53 52 74 210
NIFEDIPINE ER 53 52 74 114
MELOXICAM 53 52 74 56
CARBAMAZEPINE 51 42 77 193
DIOVAN HCT 51 48 77 65
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 July 30, 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.