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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,937Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 217 out of 3647

$1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 224 out of 3647

745 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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 Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 745 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 745 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 17,226 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Florida
SIMVASTATIN 844 767 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 731 584 2 6
LISINOPRIL 710 588 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 586 515 4 3
CRESTOR 563 456 5 19
VIAGRA 552 489 6 69
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 514 489 7 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 449 396 8 7
RANITIDINE HCL 441 423 9 29
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 400 377 10 5
GLIPIZIDE 350 308 11 41
ALLOPURINOL 310 264 12 37
FUROSEMIDE 307 263 13 8
ATENOLOL 298 270 14 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 294 276 15 28
IBUPROFEN 293 235 16 55
CLOPIDOGREL 289 262 17 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 283 267 18 23
DIOVAN HCT 256 215 19 80
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 252 233 20 13
DIOVAN 223 213 21 40
LANSOPRAZOLE 213 146 22 116
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 212 185 23 32
CARVEDILOL 197 149 24 20
PLAVIX 193 175 25 39
LANTUS 188 154 26 59
VOLTAREN 186 170 27 102
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 179 153 28 171
GABAPENTIN 173 132 29 17
SPIRIVA 168 156 30 93
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 134 31 9
CIALIS 157 147 32 179
VENTOLIN HFA 155 149 33 88
FENOFIBRATE 149 114 34 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 146 113 35 52
NEXIUM 145 109 36 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 144 124 37 14
TRAMADOL HCL 143 116 38 22
LACTULOSE 141 126 39 128
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 132 123 40 38
MECLIZINE HCL 130 123 41 85
NAMENDA 127 123 42 49
GLYBURIDE 127 114 R 42 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 126 125 44 11
SERTRALINE HCL 119 112 45 27
SURE COMFORT 116 85 46 161
DONEPEZIL HCL 116 115 46 30
TRAZODONE HCL 113 83 48 64
TRADJENTA 112 95 49 367
JANUVIA 111 98 50 72
LEVEMIR 109 90 51 187
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 108 104 52 24
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 106 85 53 84
AVODART 104 104 54 173
LOVAZA 99 89 55 117
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 98 84 R 56 94
LOVASTATIN 96 88 57 21
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 95 91 58 57
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 95 86 58 35
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 71 60 36
KETOCONAZOLE 92 78 60 132
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 74 62 76
AMMONIUM LACTATE 87 77 62 141
AZITHROMYCIN 85 71 64 34
CILOSTAZOL 84 67 65 168
SINGULAIR 84 65 65 90
JALYN 83 83 67 332
BENICAR 80 79 68 114
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 79 64 69 18
BYSTOLIC 78 62 70 158
NIFEDICAL XL 76 52 71 221
MELOXICAM 75 69 72 33
VESICARE 75 75 72 209
PENTOXIFYLLINE 73 73 74 180
MEGESTROL ACETATE 70 67 R 75 138
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 68 62 76 276
PROAIR HFA 68 47 76 62
CLONIDINE HCL 67 48 78 46
SYNTHROID 66 58 79 42
GEMFIBROZIL 66 58 79 82
PEN NEEDLE 64 40 81 166
LIVALO 62 61 82 454
BONIVA 61 51 83 352
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 30 83 67
FOLIC ACID 58 46 85 95
FINASTERIDE 58 50 85 66
DIGOXIN 57 44 87 51
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN 55 45 88 379
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 55 55 88 307
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 51 32 90 261
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 41 90 53
TRICOR 51 34 90 144
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 Oct. 15, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.