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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,978Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 917

$1.42M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 917

400 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 400 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 13,985 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$95 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
OMEPRAZOLE 883 798 1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 567 523 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 562 513 3 2
LIDODERM 401 384 4 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 399 369 5 14
METFORMIN HCL 341 302 6 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 310 306 7 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 306 282 8 13
PAROXETINE HCL 297 297 9 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL 280 263 10 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 275 272 11 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 246 243 12 3
SERTRALINE HCL 241 241 13 24
LOVASTATIN 229 194 14 19
LISINOPRIL 216 193 15 1
RANITIDINE HCL 215 202 16 29
SINGULAIR 207 183 17 153
FLUOXETINE HCL 203 203 18 38
FUROSEMIDE 192 181 19 7
TRAMADOL HCL 188 181 20 28
JANUVIA 187 176 21 81
DIOVAN HCT 178 147 22 118
NEXIUM 174 174 23 60
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 163 162 24 52
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 162 151 25 62
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 162 156 25 20
EVISTA 155 155 27 130
CITALOPRAM HBR 138 126 28 15
LIPITOR 138 127 28 89
ACTOS 137 135 30 112
DONEPEZIL HCL 132 132 31 32
CARVEDILOL 129 129 32 33
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 127 113 33 245
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 124 119 34 269
PROAIR HFA 123 111 35 35
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 111 36 174
CRESTOR 120 92 37 30
ALLOPURINOL 116 116 38 31
GLIPIZIDE ER 116 110 38 128
GABAPENTIN 114 108 40 17
NABUMETONE 113 110 41 184
BENICAR HCT 107 107 42 189
BENICAR 107 107 42 104
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 103 95 44 26
AVODART 101 101 45 170
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 98 92 46 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 94 93 47 11
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 91 48 47
SPIRIVA 87 87 49 45
DIOVAN 85 79 50 49
FENOFIBRATE 82 82 51 73
CLOPIDOGREL 79 75 52 50
NAMENDA 77 77 53 43
PEN NEEDLE 75 59 54 99
GLIPIZIDE XL 74 74 55 142
PREDNISONE 73 70 56 34
CYMBALTA 73 73 56 56
BYSTOLIC 69 59 58 158
ADACEL 68 64 59 131
PLAVIX 67 59 60 84
TRICOR 66 66 61 163
HYDRALAZINE HCL 65 65 62 90
LACTULOSE 64 64 63 133
SEROQUEL 63 63 64 119
AZITHROMYCIN 62 56 65 61
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 44 66 63
ZOSTAVAX 60 54 66 92
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 58 68 95
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 58 49 68 16
ATENOLOL 57 53 70 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 56 70 42
AMMONIUM LACTATE 57 56 70 302
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 41 73 21
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 53 73 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 54 75 44
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 53 76 70
CICLOPIROX 51 47 77 312
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 51 51 R 77 248
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 40 79 114
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 May 12, 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.