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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,213Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 62 out of 1171

$653K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 118 out of 1171

843 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

16% of this provider’s 843 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 843 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 8,042 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 984 311 S3 1 8
LISINOPRIL 545 317 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 490 228 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 449 312 4 4
LOVASTATIN 437 237 5 36
FUROSEMIDE 404 249 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 341 204 7 7
SIMVASTATIN 316 215 8 1
GABAPENTIN 275 117 9 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 248 123 10 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 241 150 11 11
OXYCODONE HCL 238 30 S2 12 79
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 234 135 13 9
ATENOLOL 227 148 14 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 197 139 15 2
TRAMADOL HCL 192 72 16 18
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 192 56 S2 16 59
AZITHROMYCIN 189 109 18 43
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 172 98 19 61
NEXIUM 136 79 20 25
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 123 0 R 21 67
TRAZODONE HCL 121 36 22 37
PROMETHAZINE HCL 119 21 R 23 87
PROAIR HFA 118 37 24 49
CRESTOR 118 83 24 27
LYRICA 115 47 26 127
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 108 44 27 109
TAMSULOSIN HCL 106 78 28 28
MELOXICAM 105 59 29 56
PREDNISONE 104 57 30 39
SERTRALINE HCL 104 37 30 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 104 96 30 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 103 34 33 22
HYDRALAZINE HCL 103 73 33 60
NIFEDIPINE ER 102 83 35 114
FENOFIBRATE 99 45 36 81
ALLOPURINOL 98 62 37 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 97 72 38 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 96 94 39 24
GEMFIBROZIL 95 55 40 117
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 93 72 41 19
SPIRONOLACTONE 92 69 42 53
GLIPIZIDE 89 57 43 47
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 27 S2 44 99
CARVEDILOL 82 57 45 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81 72 46 29
GLIMEPIRIDE 79 58 47 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 79 39 47 14
CLONIDINE HCL 78 42 49 45
CYMBALTA 78 19 49 64
CARISOPRODOL 77 0 R 51 160
INSULIN SYRINGE 74 57 52 71
COLCRYS 70 55 53 159
GLYBURIDE 70 65 R 53 97
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 43 53 26
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 69 50 56 170
CEPHALEXIN 69 39 56 104
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 68 30 58 133
FINASTERIDE 67 41 59 88
RANITIDINE HCL 65 43 60 38
HYDROXYZINE HCL 64 24 R 61 168
MUPIROCIN 61 37 62 231
FAMOTIDINE 60 30 63 75
LEVETIRACETAM 59 52 64 84
TRILIPIX 58 12 65 198
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 57 0 S2 66 433
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 40 67 69
BACLOFEN 55 0 67 110
IBUPROFEN 54 12 69 80
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 52 43 70 103
CHLORTHALIDONE 52 19 70 116
MECLIZINE HCL 50 36 72 115
CLOPIDOGREL 50 42 72 35
ONGLYZA 50 26 72 214
SINGULAIR 50 0 72 78
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 50 33 72 72
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 May 25, 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.