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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,632Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 1171

$1.47M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 1171

573 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

13% of this provider’s 573 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 573 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 22,295 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,079 969 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,012 879 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 924 862 3 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 906 858 4 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 648 577 5 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 564 483 6 12
LISINOPRIL 547 503 7 3
NAMENDA 533 508 8 42
BUMETANIDE 501 458 9 93
MIRTAZAPINE 467 412 10 50
GABAPENTIN 446 285 11 16
TRAMADOL HCL 426 368 12 18
FUROSEMIDE 426 382 12 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 382 351 14 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 362 312 15 22
CYMBALTA 342 248 16 64
KLOR-CON M20 340 301 17 41
LANTUS 316 246 18 46
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 305 275 19 54
SERTRALINE HCL 291 277 20 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 262 253 21 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 259 217 22 19
NOVOLIN R 243 221 23 155
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 236 222 24 107
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 231 188 25 9
CARVEDILOL 225 214 26 20
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 224 213 27 130
NOVOLOG 224 205 27 94
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 222 199 S3 29 8
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 193 182 30 102
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 192 191 31 44
BACLOFEN 189 136 32 110
LEVETIRACETAM 181 122 33 84
RISPERIDONE 178 156 34 77
CLONIDINE HCL 175 145 35 45
PREDNISONE 172 124 36 39
GLIPIZIDE 171 158 37 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 164 145 38 10
LEVOFLOXACIN 164 145 38 105
HYDRALAZINE HCL 164 150 38 60
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 162 127 41 135
FAMOTIDINE 160 135 42 75
LIDODERM 155 134 43 98
ADVAIR DISKUS 155 126 43 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 154 130 45 17
TRAZODONE HCL 154 129 45 37
SEROQUEL 152 146 47 120
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 146 132 48 106
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 145 126 49 69
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 144 130 50 263
CLOPIDOGREL 142 128 51 35
ATENOLOL 141 128 52 15
RANITIDINE HCL 137 125 53 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 137 115 53 72
DIOVAN 132 121 55 32
SPIRIVA 126 118 56 57
DIGOXIN 122 112 57 68
OLANZAPINE 121 115 58 153
FENTANYL 119 118 S2 59 89
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 119 112 59 210
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 119 97 59 29
METFORMIN HCL 115 65 62 7
LATANOPROST 114 103 63 188
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 103 89 64 13
AGGRENOX 102 86 65 148
HUMALOG 97 83 66 132
PAROXETINE HCL 96 90 67 62
PLAVIX 96 87 67 55
PROMETHAZINE HCL 96 72 R 67 87
HALOPERIDOL 94 92 70 176
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 92 56 71 30
FINASTERIDE 92 89 71 88
SANTYL 92 75 71 173
ALLOPURINOL 88 73 74 31
ABILIFY 87 45 75 175
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 78 76 61
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 81 70 77 137
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 80 63 78 109
AMIODARONE HCL 80 73 78 192
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78 74 80 33
ONDANSETRON HCL 78 23 80 279
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 76 64 82 101
MUPIROCIN 70 69 83 231
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 69 66 84 14
CLONIDINE 68 43 85 229
NYSTATIN 68 63 85 128
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 62 S2 87 59
AZITHROMYCIN 64 59 88 43
CEPHALEXIN 61 45 89 104
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 60 89 119
CILOSTAZOL 61 48 89 271
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 46 92 76
LABETALOL HCL 58 44 92 179
EXELON 53 53 94 164
NEXIUM 53 50 94 25
LOPERAMIDE 52 43 96 262
VALPROIC ACID 52 50 96 245
LYRICA 51 50 98 127
COUMADIN 51 51 98 253
NIASPAN 51 46 98 136
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 49 98 82
SINGULAIR 51 43 98 78
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 46 98 141
GLUCAGON EMERGENCY KIT 50 42 104 311
METOLAZONE 50 48 104 206
CRESTOR 50 50 104 27
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 July 13, 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.