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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,139Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 393

$669K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 393

1,161 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
16% 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 Nevada
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 1,161 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 1,161 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 18,778 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$33 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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 Nevada
SIMVASTATIN 1,427 1,326 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,337 1,237 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 1,040 959 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 974 921 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 892 841 5 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 632 606 6 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 584 495 S3 7 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 567 562 8 16
METFORMIN HCL 522 507 9 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 429 424 10 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 422 377 11 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 411 389 12 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 383 347 13 17
LOVASTATIN 358 354 14 14
GABAPENTIN 349 301 15 15
FUROSEMIDE 326 317 16 8
ATENOLOL 321 295 17 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 278 259 18 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 256 235 19 20
GLIPIZIDE ER 247 233 20 76
CARVEDILOL 231 231 21 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 229 215 22 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218 218 23 31
VENTOLIN HFA 217 201 24 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 215 215 25 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 207 207 26 24
FENOFIBRATE 160 138 27 43
CLOPIDOGREL 157 157 28 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 152 146 29 19
SERTRALINE HCL 151 118 30 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 148 134 31 37
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 139 114 32 49
GLIPIZIDE 136 128 33 32
GLYBURIDE 122 121 R 34 46
ALLOPURINOL 119 109 35 26
RANITIDINE HCL 118 112 36 29
PLAVIX 113 113 37 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 111 108 38 27
GEMFIBROZIL 99 99 39 62
HYDRALAZINE HCL 97 97 40 64
TERAZOSIN HCL 94 94 41 38
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 93 93 42 129
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 91 52 R 43 72
DONEPEZIL HCL 90 90 44 34
NIFEDIPINE ER 90 83 44 91
SYMBICORT 89 81 46 96
NIASPAN 89 84 46 140
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 89 89 46 67
SPIRIVA 85 77 49 41
KLOR-CON 10 85 85 49 113
DILTIAZEM ER 83 83 51 107
BACLOFEN 82 57 52 79
CLONIDINE HCL 78 67 53 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 78 53 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 76 58 55 99
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 75 69 56 122
FINASTERIDE 74 71 57 60
OXYCODONE HCL 71 47 S2 58 36
PEN NEEDLE 68 65 59 81
METFORMIN HCL ER 68 68 59 63
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 64 51 S2 61 48
GLIMEPIRIDE 62 62 62 39
DIGOXIN 61 58 63 66
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 54 64 57
FAMOTIDINE 59 39 65 70
CARISOPRODOL 58 31 R 66 45
PAROXETINE HCL 57 56 67 61
LABETALOL HCL 56 56 68 143
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 53 69 152
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 53 69 74
TRAZODONE HCL 52 48 71 47
QVAR 52 51 71 101
BENICAR 51 49 73 118
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 51 51 73 77
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 Feb. 14, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.