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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,062Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 105 out of 393

$426K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 91 out of 393

275 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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
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this specialty
in Nevada
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 275 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 275 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,192 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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 Nevada
WARFARIN SODIUM 287 229 1 17
OMEPRAZOLE 269 240 2 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 223 201 3 18
LISINOPRIL 194 194 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 192 178 5 3
NAMENDA 189 189 6 59
DONEPEZIL HCL 180 180 7 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 177 168 8 4
TAMSULOSIN HCL 170 166 9 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 166 153 10 20
METFORMIN HCL 143 130 11 7
TRAZODONE HCL 131 116 12 47
SIMVASTATIN 126 106 13 1
FUROSEMIDE 126 113 13 8
SERTRALINE HCL 119 103 15 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 105 104 S3 16 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 104 103 17 16
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 90 90 S2 18 54
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 88 88 19 9
RAMIPRIL 80 78 20 115
BENAZEPRIL HCL 76 76 21 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 73 64 22 124
CITALOPRAM HBR 73 73 22 23
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 66 58 S2 24 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 65 65 25 22
INSULIN SYRINGE 64 64 26 110
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 64 26 56
ATENOLOL 60 59 28 13
OXYCODONE HCL 60 0 S2 28 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 59 59 30 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53 46 31 11
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 37 32 53
CYMBALTA 51 51 32 88
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 June 3, 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.