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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,654Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 250 out of 1171

$419K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 298 out of 1171

491 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 491 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 491 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,159 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
LISINOPRIL 548 374 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 490 358 2 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 485 320 3 9
SIMVASTATIN 479 354 4 1
METFORMIN HCL 238 120 5 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 207 130 6 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 187 162 7 11
FUROSEMIDE 162 111 8 6
HYDRALAZINE HCL 151 130 9 60
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 141 97 10 4
PROAIR HFA 138 56 11 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 137 116 12 17
SPIRIVA 125 72 13 57
LANTUS 123 83 14 46
PLAVIX 113 93 15 55
GABAPENTIN 113 54 15 16
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 110 82 S3 17 121
ADVAIR DISKUS 107 72 18 51
OMEPRAZOLE 106 41 19 5
TRAMADOL HCL 104 63 20 18
ATENOLOL 96 79 21 15
INSULIN SYRINGE 93 67 22 71
CARVEDILOL 89 51 23 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 73 51 24 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 71 54 25 28
CLOPIDOGREL 67 50 26 35
CRESTOR 64 44 27 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 62 53 28 12
NIFEDIPINE ER 62 48 28 114
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 60 50 30 33
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 27 S2 31 59
LIPITOR 57 37 32 92
VENTOLIN HFA 55 35 33 177
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 28 34 30
DIOVAN HCT 50 37 35 65
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 April 22, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.