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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,305Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 288 out of 930

$415K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 208 out of 930

558 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Washington
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 558 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 558 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Washington
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 244 239* 68 1 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 240 207 58 S3 2 7
OXYCODONE HCL 230 120 48 S2 3 27
LISINOPRIL 224 207 78 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 196 176 55 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 156 151* 44 6 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 155 115 41 7 25
METFORMIN HCL 153 148* 46 8 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 106* 30 9 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 103 98* 25 10 12
LORAZEPAM 99 84 31 B 11 32
SIMVASTATIN 98 98 26 12 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 98 84 27 12 18
LOVASTATIN 96 96 34 14 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 88* 27 15 47
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 85* 24 16 57
FUROSEMIDE 89 84* 27 17 8
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 89 50 13 S2 17 51
OMEPRAZOLE 87 87 26 19 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 86 81* 27 20 11
ALLOPURINOL 79 79 26 21 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 75 75 17 22 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 69* 22 23 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 73 68* 24 24 23
OXYCONTIN 65 <11 <11 S2 25 101
TRAMADOL HCL 65 46 20 25 26
SERTRALINE HCL 63 58* 18 27 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 63 20 27 55
CLONAZEPAM 56 40 11 B 29 49
CARVEDILOL 55 50* 14 30 33
ATENOLOL 54 42 11 31 15
ALPRAZOLAM 53 38 18 B 32 36
CLOPIDOGREL 52 47* 13 33 28
XARELTO 52 47* 11 33 222
FINASTERIDE 51 51 17 35 74
DIAZEPAM 50 24 11 B 36 105
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 16, 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.