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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,791Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 1171

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 1171

591 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 591 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 591 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 16,194 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

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,072 844 1 2
LISINOPRIL 809 667 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 696 573 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 637 549 4 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 599 471 5 13
OMEPRAZOLE 557 366 6 5
TRAMADOL HCL 482 355 7 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 386 321 8 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 382 304 9 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 362 321 10 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 319 255 11 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 307 255 12 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 294 238 13 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 291 242 14 11
METFORMIN HCL ER 274 243 15 52
NAMENDA 271 271 16 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 264 166 17 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 262 224 18 28
GABAPENTIN 260 227 19 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 260 208 S3 19 8
ATENOLOL 246 210 21 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 245 175 22 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 245 203 22 44
CARVEDILOL 245 186 22 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 228 214 25 33
CRESTOR 217 139 26 27
JANUVIA 215 176 27 66
ALLOPURINOL 195 152 28 31
METFORMIN HCL 193 113 29 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 191 165 30 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 188 172 31 70
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 174 121 32 21
SERTRALINE HCL 173 122 33 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 159 111 34 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 158 129 35 14
AGGRENOX 158 134 35 148
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 100 35 40
SPIRIVA 153 116 38 57
CYMBALTA 151 117 39 64
RANITIDINE HCL 150 117 40 38
KLOR-CON M20 150 127 40 41
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 105 42 26
TRAZODONE HCL 136 103 43 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 135 114 44 69
CLOPIDOGREL 129 112 45 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 129 110 45 51
DIOVAN 119 78 47 32
PROAIR HFA 115 78 48 49
PLAVIX 114 92 49 55
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 102 54 50 90
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 100 95 51 82
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 98 95 52 102
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 97 72 53 72
NEXIUM 97 64 53 25
SPIRONOLACTONE 86 85 55 53
CELEBREX 83 63 56 100
PREDNISONE 83 74 56 39
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 83 30 R 56 74
SINGULAIR 81 67 59 78
PEN NEEDLE 80 58 60 122
SYNTHROID 79 70 61 48
GLIPIZIDE ER 76 72 62 86
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 75 47 R 63 67
LYRICA 74 38 64 127
BENAZEPRIL HCL 74 55 64 83
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 74 46 64 54
CHLORTHALIDONE 71 66 67 116
RISPERIDONE 71 34 67 77
LANTUS 69 48 69 46
NIASPAN 69 41 69 136
FENTANYL 68 67 S2 71 89
MELOXICAM 68 56 71 56
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 68 21 71 145
ACTOS 67 45 74 123
CLONIDINE HCL 67 43 74 45
HYDRALAZINE HCL 66 55 76 60
OLANZAPINE 66 60 76 153
HUMULIN 70-30 64 58 78 183
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 63 47 79 157
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 39 80 29
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58 36 81 149
DIOVAN HCT 57 46 82 65
NAPROXEN 57 22 82 95
MIRTAZAPINE 56 48 84 50
RAMIPRIL 54 44 85 85
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 42 85 101
EXELON 53 52 87 164
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 26 87 71
ZETIA 53 31 87 63
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 51 36 90 106
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 40 91 61
DIGOXIN 50 49 91 68
FINASTERIDE 50 46 91 88
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 March 1, 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.