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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,583Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 211 out of 761

$331K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 285 out of 761

329 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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 Oregon
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 329 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 329 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,867 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 Oregon
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 402 364 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 293 275 2 2
LISINOPRIL 263 238 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 254 224 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 233 215 5 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 152 6 11
METFORMIN HCL 158 138 7 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 158 134 S3 7 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 153 128 9 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 133 119 10 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 130 130 11 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 126 115 12 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 122 120 13 21
SERTRALINE HCL 120 120 14 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 112 15 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111 108 16 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 111 105 16 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 109 97 18 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 108 108 19 33
ATENOLOL 105 98 20 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 95 21 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 92 92 22 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81 79 23 22
GABAPENTIN 80 80 24 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 76 63 25 27
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 68 26 71
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 67 67 27 82
OXYCODONE HCL 67 58 S2 27 24
TRAZODONE HCL 61 61 29 23
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 57 57 30 97
ALLOPURINOL 56 49 31 28
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 53 32 63
DIOVAN 53 53 33 58
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 46 33 35
CEPHALEXIN 52 48 35 145
DIGOXIN 51 40 36 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 45 37 29
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. 14, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.