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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,581Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 70 out of 1171

$826K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 67 out of 1171

653 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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

9% of this provider’s 653 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 653 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 13,164 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
OMEPRAZOLE 469 411 1 5
FUROSEMIDE 466 436 2 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 397 365 3 12
ATENOLOL 384 359 4 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 374 343 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 361 334 6 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 338 305 S3 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 317 284 8 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 254 240 9 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 245 217 10 19
LISINOPRIL 237 218 11 3
SERTRALINE HCL 234 228 12 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 231 198 13 9
TRAZODONE HCL 214 183 14 37
BENAZEPRIL HCL 204 173 15 83
GABAPENTIN 198 188 16 16
METFORMIN HCL ER 196 180 17 52
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 177 161 18 10
CLONIDINE HCL 165 146 19 45
ALLOPURINOL 157 144 20 31
NAMENDA 156 156 21 42
KLOR-CON M20 147 133 22 41
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140 120 23 278
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 139 136 24 17
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 137 133 25 58
TRAMADOL HCL 137 135 25 18
PREDNISONE 129 120 27 39
GLIMEPIRIDE 124 124 28 34
SPIRONOLACTONE 121 92 29 53
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 121 106 29 113
RANITIDINE HCL 120 115 31 38
LETROZOLE 118 110 32 323
LOVASTATIN 114 114 33 36
ANASTROZOLE 113 105 34 272
METFORMIN HCL 112 109 35 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 110 101 36 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 94 37 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 104 84 38 13
FLUOXETINE HCL 102 61 39 76
DONEPEZIL HCL 101 101 40 24
CARVEDILOL 99 96 41 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 99 91 41 28
CEPHALEXIN 99 98 41 104
DIGOXIN 95 87 44 68
LANTUS 92 84 45 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 90 90 46 29
NEXIUM 90 77 46 25
CLOPIDOGREL 83 77 48 35
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 83 83 48 102
PAROXETINE HCL 81 72 50 62
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 81 67 50 109
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 74 52 44
FENTANYL 79 77 S2 53 89
MEGESTROL ACETATE 77 77 R 54 185
TORSEMIDE 77 72 54 150
MELOXICAM 77 77 54 56
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 76 76 57 82
NAPROXEN 75 62 58 95
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 59 59 141
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 69 59 26
ROPINIROLE HCL 71 46 61 119
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70 67 R 62 74
AZITHROMYCIN 70 66 62 43
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 69 65 64 101
SYNTHROID 68 55 65 48
PROMETHAZINE HCL 65 59 R 66 87
CRESTOR 64 61 67 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 61 49 68 70
EVISTA 61 60 68 154
GLIPIZIDE 60 51 70 47
DEXAMETHASONE 59 56 71 292
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 56 44 S2 72 146
AMOXICILLIN 55 51 73 111
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 54 74 54
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 49 75 61
KLOR-CON M10 51 36 75 125
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50 36 77 112
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 Aug. 12, 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.