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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,042Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 917

$1.91M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 917

950 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

2% of this provider’s 950 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 950 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 21,400 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

43% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$87 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,204 1,195 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 1,085 1,057 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 1,044 1,000 3 4
NEXIUM 730 712 4 60
LIDODERM 715 713 5 64
CRESTOR 652 645 6 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 478 477 7 23
LISINOPRIL 452 429 8 1
CELEBREX 422 420 9 124
METFORMIN HCL 385 371 10 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 369 345 11 13
DIOVAN 365 353 12 49
TAMSULOSIN HCL 341 340 13 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 332 328 14 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 324 312 15 3
GLIMEPIRIDE 292 292 16 54
MELOXICAM 269 255 17 53
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 260 240 18 9
CREON 257 257 19 156
DIOVAN HCT 233 229 20 118
DONEPEZIL HCL 216 216 21 32
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 216 207 21 96
LIPITOR 211 211 23 89
JANUMET 204 204 24 202
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 204 204 24 18
FUROSEMIDE 197 192 26 7
EVISTA 194 179 27 130
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 192 190 28 11
RANITIDINE HCL 190 181 29 29
JANUVIA 184 180 30 81
CARVEDILOL 184 183 30 33
ATENOLOL 183 169 32 12
DEXILANT 181 181 33 249
FLUOXETINE HCL 175 174 34 38
IBUPROFEN 172 171 35 97
LOVAZA 169 169 36 154
EXFORGE 169 169 36 276
SERTRALINE HCL 157 157 38 24
VOLTAREN 155 149 39 149
METFORMIN HCL ER 155 139 39 69
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 146 137 41 16
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 145 145 42 262
LOVASTATIN 145 141 42 19
AMOXICILLIN 139 136 44 180
TRAMADOL HCL 138 115 45 28
BONIVA 129 129 46 298
NAMENDA 117 112 47 43
AVODART 114 114 48 170
BENICAR HCT 111 111 49 189
WARFARIN SODIUM 110 110 50 10
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 102 101 51 36
TRILIPIX 95 95 52 215
CYMBALTA 92 92 53 56
GLIPIZIDE ER 92 75 53 128
CITALOPRAM HBR 92 83 53 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 91 91 56 181
SINGULAIR 91 91 56 153
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 85 58 26
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 87 87 58 245
PEN NEEDLE 86 80 60 99
PLAVIX 84 84 61 84
NIFEDICAL XL 82 78 62 291
TRICOR 80 77 63 163
BENICAR 78 78 64 104
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 77 65 47
DILTIAZEM ER 77 77 65 106
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 71 65 62
SUCRALFATE 76 76 68 211
FORTEO 74 74 69 284
GLIPIZIDE 72 68 70 40
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 71 71 71 242
PREDNISONE 69 68 72 34
HYDRALAZINE HCL 69 67 72 90
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 68 58 74 302
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 67 75 70
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 64 S3 75 6
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 64 77 44
DIGOXIN 62 62 78 41
BENAZEPRIL HCL 62 62 78 80
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 61 61 R 80 307
SYMBICORT 60 59 81 206
GABAPENTIN 60 51 81 17
CLOPIDOGREL 60 57 81 50
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 52 84 74
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 58 84 126
LANSOPRAZOLE 57 55 86 259
ZETIA 55 55 87 93
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 55 46 87 372
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 54 89 55
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53 51 90 21
COREG CR 53 53 90 321
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 52 90 72
PAROXETINE HCL 53 53 90 57
TRAZODONE HCL 53 53 90 22
BYSTOLIC 52 52 95 158
PROAIR HFA 51 51 96 35
AZOR 51 40 96 285
FENOFIBRATE 50 50 98 73
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 50 98 174
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 Jan. 31, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.