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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,900Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 917

$615K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 68 out of 917

438 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 438 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 438 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,667 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
FUROSEMIDE 472 353 1 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 395 337 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 380 273 S3 3 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 334 278 4 11
METFORMIN HCL 302 178 5 8
LISINOPRIL 265 226 6 1
GLIMEPIRIDE 231 185 7 54
ALLOPURINOL 229 202 8 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 229 202 8 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 195 179 10 18
DIOVAN 179 145 11 49
CARVEDILOL 178 157 12 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 174 156 13 20
AZITHROMYCIN 173 138 14 61
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 161 75 S2 15 48
ATENOLOL 151 77 16 12
OMEPRAZOLE 151 145 16 4
TRAMADOL HCL 149 96 18 28
SIMVASTATIN 138 114 19 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 127 101 20 181
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 125 107 21 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 122 81 22 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 121 103 23 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 120 106 24 13
TRAZODONE HCL 117 88 25 22
CRESTOR 116 102 26 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 109 95 27 15
OXYCODONE HCL 109 61 S2 27 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 106 79 29 16
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 103 52 30 136
METHADONE HCL 99 52 S2 31 59
PROAIR HFA 94 57 32 35
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 92 34 33 75
GLIPIZIDE 89 77 34 40
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 66 S2 35 46
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 80 47 36 137
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 77 60 37 337
TAMSULOSIN HCL 77 58 37 25
NEXIUM 77 35 37 60
PAROXETINE HCL 74 53 40 57
DEXILANT 72 35 41 249
GABAPENTIN 71 43 42 17
CYMBALTA 70 43 43 56
WARFARIN SODIUM 70 62 43 10
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 67 54 45 169
LANTUS 64 46 46 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 40 47 72
ESTRADIOL 63 58 R 47 102
BACLOFEN 63 17 47 82
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 53 50 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 59 51 23
JANTOVEN 61 37 51 178
RANITIDINE HCL 59 22 53 29
PREDNISONE 59 56 53 34
RAMIPRIL 58 39 55 128
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 55 46 56 96
ENDOCET 54 21 S2 57 210
CLOPIDOGREL 54 48 57 50
VENTOLIN HFA 53 40 59 135
KLOR-CON 8 52 35 60 317
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 50 32 61 161
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.