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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,677Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 917

$628K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 63 out of 917

527 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 527 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 527 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,218 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 636 619 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 450 447 2 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 423 409 3 10
OMEPRAZOLE 411 390 4 4
SIMVASTATIN 343 338 5 2
GABAPENTIN 341 316 6 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 279 273 7 5
LISINOPRIL 263 259 8 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 233 220 9 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 229 224 10 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 227 215 S3 11 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 226 224 12 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 220 212 13 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 206 204 14 14
ATENOLOL 196 188 15 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 173 166 16 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 169 148 17 13
OXYCODONE HCL 168 148 S2 18 27
METFORMIN HCL 167 163 19 8
FENTANYL 145 145 S2 20 58
PREDNISONE 136 131 21 34
TRAZODONE HCL 134 134 22 22
MIRTAZAPINE 130 130 23 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 125 125 24 18
DIGOXIN 113 108 25 41
LANTUS 110 110 26 37
SERTRALINE HCL 109 105 27 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 106 106 28 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 99 99 29 25
RANITIDINE HCL 99 94 29 29
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 96 96 31 72
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 83 32 47
SPIRIVA 93 88 32 45
TRAMADOL HCL 88 88 34 28
TRAVATAN Z 85 85 35 191
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 83 81 36 123
LOVASTATIN 82 81 37 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 77 77 38 66
GLIMEPIRIDE 76 76 39 54
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 74 74 40 52
LEVOFLOXACIN 74 74 40 138
VESICARE 73 73 42 166
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 69 67 43 79
AZITHROMYCIN 69 65 43 61
INSULIN SYRINGE 68 68 45 83
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 63 46 26
ALLOPURINOL 64 63 47 31
CARVEDILOL 63 63 48 33
CLOPIDOGREL 62 62 49 50
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 62 49 78
DILTIAZEM ER 62 62 49 106
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 60 60 52 235
CEPHALEXIN 60 60 52 105
NYSTATIN 58 48 54 171
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 56 55 80
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 55 55 21
NAMENDA 56 56 55 43
FLOVENT HFA 55 54 58 192
LIDODERM 55 55 58 64
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 54 58 63
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 54 53 S3 61 109
PAROXETINE HCL 53 53 62 57
CRESTOR 52 49 63 30
RISPERIDONE 50 50 64 51
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 Sept. 29, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.