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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,240Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 108 out of 1171

$879K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 60 out of 1171

377 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

11% of this provider’s 377 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 377 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,797 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 568 559 1 2
DIOVAN 302 291 2 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 280 280 3 33
METFORMIN HCL 276 253 4 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 273 268 5 13
OMEPRAZOLE 255 244 6 5
NEXIUM 253 249 7 25
LISINOPRIL 224 208 8 3
DIOVAN HCT 209 198 9 65
GLIPIZIDE 199 189 10 47
LIDODERM 193 193 11 98
FUROSEMIDE 176 175 12 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 175 174 13 11
SINGULAIR 175 172 13 78
CELEBREX 174 173 15 100
CRESTOR 170 159 16 27
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 161 158 17 4
SIMVASTATIN 160 153 18 1
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 150 148 19 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 140 140 20 10
GLYBURIDE 131 127 R 21 97
PATADAY 128 126 22 268
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 125 121 23 14
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 121 113 S3 24 367
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 121 116 24 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 112 26 21
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 113 103 27 312
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 113 113 27 29
EVISTA 112 112 29 154
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 110 107 30 149
PATANOL 109 103 31 254
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 106 106 32 141
JANUVIA 105 103 33 66
PLAVIX 100 98 34 55
ALLOPURINOL 100 97 34 31
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 99 97 36 133
FAMOTIDINE 98 97 37 75
ACTONEL 97 97 38 212
ATENOLOL 97 94 38 15
AZITHROMYCIN 94 93 40 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 93 93 41 24
ACARBOSE 92 92 42 327
LIPITOR 91 91 43 92
PROAIR HFA 88 86 44 49
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 84 69 S3 45 8
RANITIDINE HCL 84 73 45 38
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 69 S2 47 59
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 75 72 47 142
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 73 70 S3 49 121
SPIRIVA 70 62 50 57
TRAMADOL HCL 70 70 50 18
CLOPIDOGREL 70 68 50 35
EXFORGE 68 65 53 208
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 56 R 54 67
CARVEDILOL 65 65 54 20
LOVAZA 64 62 56 118
DILTIAZEM ER 64 64 56 221
NAMENDA 63 63 58 42
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 63 63 58 330
MOMETASONE FUROATE 61 59 60 266
GLIPIZIDE XL 60 60 61 124
MECLIZINE HCL 60 60 61 115
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 58 58 63 356
SYMBICORT 56 56 64 178
NIFEDIPINE ER 56 56 64 114
NAPROXEN 55 52 66 95
LYRICA 55 55 66 127
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 55 55 R 66 163
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 54 69 101
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 53 70 107
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 52 71 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 52 52 71 12
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 Jan. 2, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.