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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,938Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 917

$701K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 917

260 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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 Washington
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 260 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,088 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

61 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 Washington
SIMVASTATIN 780 765 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 732 683 2 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 669 657 3 9
METFORMIN HCL 625 582 4 8
MELOXICAM 573 563 5 53
LISINOPRIL 564 543 6 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 463 441 7 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 331 324 8 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 309 295 9 5
CRESTOR 294 288 10 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 286 236 11 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 278 264 12 23
ATENOLOL 259 259 13 12
KETOCONAZOLE 258 254 14 185
FUROSEMIDE 243 229 15 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 222 220 16 21
VOLTAREN 213 211 17 149
RANITIDINE HCL 195 184 18 29
NITROSTAT 186 184 19 220
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 180 171 20 13
TRAMADOL HCL 178 163 21 28
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 174 156 22 74
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 173 163 23 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 165 156 24 25
LOVASTATIN 154 151 25 19
NEXIUM 144 134 26 60
NAPROXEN 137 127 27 107
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 136 112 28 3
CLONIDINE HCL 131 131 29 85
GLIPIZIDE 130 130 30 40
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 130 118 30 161
LIDODERM 124 124 32 64
LOVAZA 124 120 32 154
VESICARE 119 113 34 166
CARVEDILOL 116 114 35 33
FINASTERIDE 115 107 36 77
DIOVAN 113 99 37 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 112 38 18
AVODART 109 109 39 170
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 101 40 174
VERAPAMIL ER PM 105 93 10 41 323
DONEPEZIL HCL 104 104 42 32
ROPINIROLE HCL 103 96 43 88
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 102 94 44 16
PROCTOSOL-HC 98 93 45 267
MOMETASONE FUROATE 97 95 46 269
NITROLINGUAL 95 93 10 47 327
IBUPROFEN 93 90 48 97
HYDROCORTISONE 92 92 49 232
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 71 49 62
PROAIR HFA 87 87 51 35
NASONEX 80 80 52 332
NAMENDA 79 79 53 43
SERTRALINE HCL 77 70 54 24
PROCTOZONE-HC 77 77 54 250
GLYBURIDE 75 74 R 56 71
ALLOPURINOL 73 73 57 31
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 53 R 57 67
PAROXETINE HCL 70 70 59 57
CLOPIDOGREL 70 70 59 50
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 68 61 79
DETROL LA 66 66 62 243
WARFARIN SODIUM 65 33 63 10
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 63 61 R 64 65
PENTOXIFYLLINE 63 60 64 251
KLOR-CON M20 62 62 66 121
ACTOS 62 62 66 112
DICYCLOMINE HCL 62 52 66 357
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 61 52 S3 69 109
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 61 69 44
DIOVAN HCT 61 61 69 118
VERAPAMIL ER 57 55 72 145
GABAPENTIN 56 56 73 17
NIFEDICAL XL 56 56 73 291
MICARDIS HCT 54 54 75 307
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 46 76 47
SPIRIVA 52 34 76 45
AZITHROMYCIN 51 45 78 61
PLAVIX 51 51 78 84
SUCRALFATE 50 50 80 211
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 Dec. 19, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.