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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,073Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 121 out of 917

$764K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 917

287 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

38% of this provider’s 287 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 287 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 4,033 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

$84 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
OXYCODONE HCL 537 124 S2 1 27
LISINOPRIL 262 194 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 261 81 3 4
METHADONE HCL 226 30 S2 4 59
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 220 127 5 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 218 107 S3 6 6
SIMVASTATIN 192 152 7 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 168 97 8 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 155 93 9 5
BUPROPION HCL SR 125 40 10 101
TRAZODONE HCL 116 54 11 22
SPIRONOLACTONE 116 58 11 55
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 113 43 R 13 67
GABAPENTIN 112 11 14 17
ATENOLOL 107 57 15 12
CLONIDINE HCL 106 35 16 85
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 102 20 S2 17 168
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 102 33 S2 17 48
FLUOXETINE HCL 97 47 19 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 93 49 20 11
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 92 13 21 288
OXYCONTIN 91 31 S2 22 100
WARFARIN SODIUM 87 76 23 10
METFORMIN HCL 85 50 24 8
FENTANYL 85 37 S2 24 58
TRAMADOL HCL 84 27 26 28
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 83 13 27 201
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 83 41 27 79
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 35 29 21
PREDNISONE 80 46 30 34
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 15 S2 30 164
MIRTAZAPINE 79 43 32 39
TOPIRAMATE 79 25 32 190
TAMSULOSIN HCL 79 60 32 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 30 35 26
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 76 40 36 298
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 32 37 16
LAMOTRIGINE 70 27 38 175
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 69 47 39 36
PROAIR HFA 68 13 40 35
BACLOFEN 66 27 41 82
CYMBALTA 65 13 42 56
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 63 15 43 14
GLYBURIDE 63 30 R 43 71
FUROSEMIDE 60 40 45 7
LOVASTATIN 59 48 46 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 59 45 46 18
ONDANSETRON HCL 57 0 48 315
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 16 S2 49 46
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 55 19 50 52
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 40 51 86
RANITIDINE HCL 52 35 51 29
LYRICA 50 0 53 122
SPIRIVA 50 30 53 45
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 March 25, 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.