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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,377Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 917

$966K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 917

635 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

14% of this provider’s 635 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 635 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 16,284 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 978 818 1 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 712 621 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 622 541 3 7
LISINOPRIL 614 542 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 548 478 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 487 410 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 482 410 7 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 441 410 8 15
GABAPENTIN 411 287 9 17
SERTRALINE HCL 399 358 10 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 317 309 11 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 312 238 12 16
TRAZODONE HCL 308 234 13 22
LANTUS 299 243 14 37
MIRTAZAPINE 299 274 14 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 299 269 14 5
OXYCODONE HCL 251 168 S2 17 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 247 207 18 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 216 216 19 32
RISPERIDONE 209 166 20 51
ATENOLOL 195 172 21 12
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 178 125 22 150
TAMSULOSIN HCL 175 156 23 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 170 154 24 66
NOVOLOG 164 121 25 98
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 164 132 S3 25 6
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 152 128 27 75
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 148 141 28 18
METFORMIN HCL 147 125 29 8
DIGOXIN 145 132 30 41
NAMENDA 144 144 31 43
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 144 142 31 13
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 142 138 33 86
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 128 34 9
CARVEDILOL 139 111 35 33
RANITIDINE HCL 125 115 36 29
BACLOFEN 124 93 37 82
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 120 87 38 159
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 119 104 39 63
PREDNISONE 119 103 39 34
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 119 103 39 116
OLANZAPINE 116 91 42 103
BUSPIRONE HCL 112 97 43 160
LEVETIRACETAM 109 77 44 120
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 108 70 45 123
CYMBALTA 106 65 46 56
CLOPIDOGREL 105 92 47 50
SEROQUEL 105 104 47 119
NYSTATIN 104 79 49 171
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 103 100 50 95
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 101 66 51 277
SPIRONOLACTONE 99 81 52 55
HEPARIN SODIUM 98 73 53 283
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 98 89 53 44
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 97 87 55 132
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 90 79 56 70
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 88 66 57 155
LOVASTATIN 88 73 57 19
PRAZOSIN HCL 87 87 59 195
PLAVIX 82 78 60 84
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 53 61 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 80 73 62 23
TRAMADOL HCL 80 78 62 28
DIOVAN 78 66 64 49
SPIRIVA 73 63 65 45
KLOR-CON M20 72 61 66 121
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 72 69 66 78
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 68 66 S2 68 48
ALLOPURINOL 68 67 68 31
FENTANYL 68 63 S2 68 58
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 67 66 71 74
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 61 S2 72 46
FAMOTIDINE 66 61 72 91
OXYCONTIN 65 57 S2 74 100
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 44 75 38
PEN NEEDLE 62 56 76 99
METHADONE HCL 62 11 S2 76 59
AMIODARONE HCL 62 58 76 233
LIDODERM 61 57 79 64
HYDRALAZINE HCL 61 48 79 90
PAROXETINE HCL 60 54 81 57
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 49 81 26
VENLAFAXINE HCL 59 53 83 179
RAMIPRIL 55 55 84 128
NYSTOP 53 40 85 258
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 34 85 79
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 51 36 S2 87 168
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 Dec. 10, 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.