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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,030Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 224 out of 917

$928K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 917

277 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

30% of this provider’s 277 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 277 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 4,109 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

$132 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
OXYCODONE HCL 292 68 S2 1 27
SIMVASTATIN 258 227 2 2
METHADONE HCL 223 46 S2 3 59
LISINOPRIL 216 151 4 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 215 90 S3 5 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 188 133 6 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 146 93 7 21
OXYCONTIN 141 40 S2 8 100
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 127 13 S2 9 48
OMEPRAZOLE 122 87 10 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 119 105 11 11
CARVEDILOL 117 103 12 33
MORPHINE SULFATE 107 19 S2 13 173
FUROSEMIDE 105 63 14 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 102 98 15 13
METFORMIN HCL 101 66 16 8
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 99 12 S2 17 164
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 16 R 18 65
GABAPENTIN 96 41 19 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 95 88 20 15
FENTANYL 95 41 S2 20 58
CHLORTHALIDONE 90 73 22 113
WARFARIN SODIUM 90 81 22 10
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69 36 24 66
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 67 52 25 5
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 17 S2 26 46
LOVASTATIN 59 38 27 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 58 43 28 25
DIGOXIN 57 57 29 41
CARISOPRODOL 55 0 R 30 144
CYMBALTA 55 49 30 56
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 12 R 32 141
ACTIQ 50 0 S2 10 33 389
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 Oct. 26, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.