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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,742Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 244 out of 917

$421K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 182 out of 917

484 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

6% of this provider’s 484 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 484 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 5,043 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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
LISINOPRIL 283 238 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 205 180 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 201 180 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 201 166 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 197 160 5 4
ATENOLOL 184 131 6 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 169 155 7 10
SIMVASTATIN 135 108 8 2
LOVASTATIN 134 119 9 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 114 97 10 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 108 100 11 16
METFORMIN HCL ER 105 73 12 69
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 100 76 13 11
RANITIDINE HCL 94 54 14 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 94 73 14 13
GABAPENTIN 91 59 16 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 88 79 17 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 78 58 18 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 77 76 19 36
TRAZODONE HCL 76 45 20 22
METFORMIN HCL 76 49 20 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 57 S3 22 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 71 54 23 14
SERTRALINE HCL 68 54 24 24
ALLOPURINOL 66 63 25 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 55 26 9
HYDRALAZINE HCL 62 52 26 90
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 44 28 26
SPIRIVA 59 43 29 45
CRESTOR 57 45 30 30
PRIMIDONE 52 42 31 216
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 32 32 47
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 June 13, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.