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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,318Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 178

$391K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 178

209 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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 District of Columbia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 209 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 209 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,271 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 District of Columbia
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 236 216 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 201 176 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 187 180 3 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 119 4 5
KLOR-CON M20 145 130 5 41
LISINOPRIL 145 111 5 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 117 117 7 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 113 99 8 4
CRESTOR 94 60 9 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 80 61 10 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 78 78 11 29
NEXIUM 68 38 12 25
DIOVAN 65 63 13 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 61 13 71
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 60 13 56
CARVEDILOL 64 53 16 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 63 56 17 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 58 38 18 40
CLOPIDOGREL 57 45 19 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 44 20 12
DIOVAN HCT 55 44 21 48
METFORMIN HCL 55 40 21 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 49 23 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 45 S3 24 37
COLCRYS 52 40 25 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 51 26 63
TRAMADOL HCL 51 24 26 30
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. 14, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.