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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,827Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 1171

$1.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 1171

659 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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 Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 659 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 659 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,395 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Virginia
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,445 591 S3 1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 880 620 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 717 439 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 696 473 4 6
METFORMIN HCL 676 395 5 7
LISINOPRIL 672 441 6 3
SIMVASTATIN 612 406 7 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 571 423 8 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 522 404 9 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 517 400 10 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 510 340 11 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 484 324 12 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 433 278 13 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 424 276 14 9
NEXIUM 344 174 15 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 342 124 16 21
GABAPENTIN 335 142 17 16
CARVEDILOL 317 208 18 20
CLOPIDOGREL 314 193 19 35
SERTRALINE HCL 312 212 20 23
TRAMADOL HCL 285 146 21 18
ATENOLOL 283 201 22 15
MELOXICAM 260 109 23 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 239 156 24 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 238 169 25 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 218 144 26 28
IBUPROFEN 216 72 27 80
CITALOPRAM HBR 213 116 28 22
ENDOCET 212 58 S2 29 161
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 197 56 R 30 67
PLAVIX 191 127 31 55
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 181 151 32 44
AZITHROMYCIN 181 97 32 43
FAMOTIDINE 174 140 34 75
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 163 104 35 40
SINGULAIR 160 77 36 78
COMBIVENT 158 82 37 152
CLONIDINE HCL 155 121 38 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 154 67 39 76
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 152 69 40 29
DIOVAN 147 114 41 32
GLYBURIDE 142 90 R 42 97
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 142 56 42 30
PAROXETINE HCL 141 42 44 62
SYNTHROID 138 121 45 48
AMOXICILLIN 137 71 46 111
CRESTOR 132 93 47 27
GLIPIZIDE 132 102 47 47
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 132 103 47 73
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 55 50 26
CEFDINIR 128 74 51 197
GLIPIZIDE ER 122 74 52 86
GLIMEPIRIDE 121 58 53 34
PROMETHAZINE HCL 112 37 R 54 87
DONEPEZIL HCL 112 111 54 24
ALLOPURINOL 112 77 54 31
CYMBALTA 110 42 57 64
TRICOR 108 61 58 140
FINASTERIDE 108 87 58 88
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 105 76 60 70
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 101 44 S2 61 59
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 99 83 62 101
KLOR-CON M20 99 73 62 41
INSULIN SYRINGE 99 63 62 71
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 98 55 R 65 74
CEPHALEXIN 98 52 65 104
JANUVIA 97 46 67 66
BENAZEPRIL HCL 97 82 67 83
SPIRIVA 97 54 67 57
PROAIR HFA 96 55 70 49
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 96 43 70 149
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 93 55 72 61
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 93 51 72 69
VENTOLIN HFA 92 28 74 177
LIPITOR 92 72 74 92
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 90 45 76 72
NYSTATIN 88 49 77 128
ZETIA 88 66 77 63
LANTUS 86 62 79 46
KLOR-CON 10 86 56 79 126
TOPIRAMATE 83 30 81 196
DIOVAN HCT 82 51 82 65
FLUCONAZOLE 79 36 83 195
NABUMETONE 79 34 83 201
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 79 76 83 82
NAMENDA 77 69 86 42
RANITIDINE HCL 77 39 86 38
LANSOPRAZOLE 74 39 88 150
TRAZODONE HCL 70 0 89 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 59 89 33
KLOR-CON M10 69 59 91 125
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 69 40 91 90
FEXOFENADINE HCL 68 47 93 408
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 42 93 51
BYSTOLIC 67 40 95 96
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 62 34 96 137
HYDRALAZINE HCL 62 45 96 60
NITROSTAT 62 34 96 180
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 29 99 109
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 39 99 119
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 34 101 53
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 59 28 S2 101 146
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 58 28 103 170
DETROL LA 57 19 104 270
VERAPAMIL ER 56 50 105 91
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 55 31 106 145
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 21 107 129
DIGOXIN 52 28 107 68
AVODART 51 26 109 194
PEN NEEDLE 51 34 109 122
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 22, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.