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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,023Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 917

$971K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 917

582 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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

13% of this provider’s 582 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 582 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 10,420 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 500 364 1 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 434 362 2 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 417 249 S3 3 6
CARVEDILOL 403 322 4 33
SIMVASTATIN 400 291 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 383 291 6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 354 289 7 5
CRESTOR 327 252 8 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 280 189 9 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 274 217 10 20
LISINOPRIL 271 177 11 1
FUROSEMIDE 258 207 12 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 247 164 13 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 228 189 14 18
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 226 48 S2 15 46
METFORMIN HCL ER 212 138 16 69
OXYCODONE HCL 201 100 S2 17 27
TRAZODONE HCL 199 121 18 22
GABAPENTIN 195 119 19 17
CYMBALTA 192 116 20 56
TRAMADOL HCL 183 124 21 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 179 138 22 16
METFORMIN HCL 177 112 23 8
CHLORTHALIDONE 151 123 24 113
BUPROPION HCL SR 137 89 25 101
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 93 26 9
PREDNISONE 130 117 27 34
RANITIDINE HCL 129 99 28 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 126 88 29 15
LYRICA 124 53 30 122
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 117 101 31 11
ETODOLAC 109 67 32 182
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 93 33 62
BUMETANIDE 101 98 34 239
FENOFIBRATE 100 69 35 73
METHADONE HCL 100 27 S2 35 59
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 99 59 37 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 96 73 38 10
ZETIA 93 78 39 93
BUSPIRONE HCL 92 60 40 160
NIASPAN 88 84 41 157
PROAIR HFA 85 59 42 35
SERTRALINE HCL 83 54 43 24
DIOVAN 81 77 44 49
SPIRONOLACTONE 79 68 45 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 79 72 45 25
ALLOPURINOL 79 59 45 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 78 66 48 32
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 78 68 48 74
HYDRALAZINE HCL 75 66 50 90
NAMENDA 73 70 51 43
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 71 30 R 52 65
SPIRIVA 69 65 53 45
ESTRADIOL 68 34 R 54 102
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 64 42 55 76
DIOVAN HCT 62 61 56 118
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 42 57 38
CLONIDINE HCL 59 31 57 85
PEN NEEDLE 58 51 59 99
PROMETHAZINE HCL 58 0 R 59 141
FENTANYL 57 36 S2 61 58
LAMOTRIGINE 56 24 62 175
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 56 47 62 197
TIZANIDINE HCL 55 20 64 176
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52 49 65 137
ONDANSETRON HCL 51 15 66 315
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 24 66 114
PRISTIQ ER 50 23 68 389
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 Nov. 21, 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.