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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,748Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 917

$1.51M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 917

864 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 864 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 864 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 13,950 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 1,139 914 1 3
CRESTOR 968 752 2 30
OMEPRAZOLE 647 486 3 4
LISINOPRIL 517 382 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 462 379 5 7
SIMVASTATIN 430 345 6 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 419 361 7 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 406 214 S3 8 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 403 344 9 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 377 336 10 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 361 271 11 13
OXYCODONE HCL 347 155 S2 12 27
METFORMIN HCL 326 235 13 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 282 258 14 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 275 223 15 16
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 242 40 S2 16 48
CYMBALTA 233 156 17 56
CARVEDILOL 215 154 18 33
TRAZODONE HCL 209 134 19 22
ATENOLOL 208 147 20 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 206 175 21 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 203 117 22 9
BYSTOLIC 196 143 23 158
TAMSULOSIN HCL 194 160 24 25
DIGOXIN 190 167 25 41
GABAPENTIN 183 145 26 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 181 78 27 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 169 121 28 15
OXYCONTIN 142 26 S2 29 100
NAMENDA 141 141 30 43
CLOPIDOGREL 137 125 31 50
FENTANYL 133 66 S2 32 58
BENICAR 119 103 33 104
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 112 56 34 63
PLAVIX 110 101 35 84
LANTUS 109 69 36 37
ESTRADIOL 108 58 R 37 102
PEN NEEDLE 108 45 37 99
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 107 79 39 70
PREDNISONE 105 74 40 34
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 100 30 S2 41 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 69 41 44
INSULIN SYRINGE 99 63 43 83
SPIRIVA 97 71 44 45
NEXIUM 92 48 45 60
JANUVIA 92 46 45 81
ALLOPURINOL 92 53 45 31
SERTRALINE HCL 91 66 48 24
KLOR-CON M20 90 87 49 121
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 86 50 23
RANITIDINE HCL 86 56 51 29
TORSEMIDE 84 72 52 187
METHADONE HCL 84 0 S2 52 59
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 81 67 R 54 67
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 63 55 72
PREMARIN 77 53 R 56 146
PROAIR HFA 77 37 56 35
AGGRENOX 77 77 56 186
MICARDIS 73 60 59 200
LIPITOR 72 57 60 89
LOVAZA 72 51 60 154
CARISOPRODOL 71 16 R 62 144
MIRTAZAPINE 70 47 63 39
DIOVAN 70 61 63 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 56 65 47
LOVASTATIN 69 57 65 19
SYMBICORT 67 43 67 206
SYNTHROID 67 40 67 68
NAPROXEN 67 39 67 107
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 47 70 116
BENICAR HCT 64 42 71 189
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 64 24 S2 71 168
GALANTAMINE HBR 63 63 73 222
ZETIA 63 37 73 93
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 62 15 75 132
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 55 76 20
METHOCARBAMOL 59 23 R 77 87
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 59 57 77 76
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 58 30 79 75
DONEPEZIL HCL 57 57 80 32
VENLAFAXINE HCL 55 23 81 179
PROMETHAZINE HCL 55 14 R 81 141
RISPERIDONE 55 54 81 51
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 0 S2 84 164
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 37 85 55
SINGULAIR 53 19 85 153
PAROXETINE HCL 52 31 87 57
LEVETIRACETAM 52 50 87 120
MELOXICAM 52 27 87 53
LYRICA 51 27 90 122
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 42 90 126
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 49 92 95
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 21, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.