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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,128Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 59 out of 930

$956K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 930

614 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

7% of this provider’s 614 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 614 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
SIMVASTATIN 398 384 112 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 390 353 89 S3 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 390 364 98 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 377 356 91 4 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 320 295 83 5 6
LISINOPRIL 314 265 97 6 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 213 192 52 7 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 212 196 56 8 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 209 190 43 9 16
FUROSEMIDE 206 190 48 10 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 201 186 47 11 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 177 162 39 12 34
METFORMIN HCL ER 172 167* 43 13 65
SERTRALINE HCL 170 165* 38 14 21
ALPRAZOLAM 159 124 49 B 15 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 156 140 44 16 20
GABAPENTIN 144 131 27 17 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140 129 42 18 47
TRAMADOL HCL 139 122 50 19 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 139 134* 39 19 29
NAMENDA 135 135 21 21 44
SPIRIVA 129 124* 27 22 48
PREDNISONE 127 122* 58 23 38
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 122* 33 23 57
TRAZODONE HCL 122 105 25 25 22
ATENOLOL 120 115* 39 26 15
MELOXICAM 115 97 43 27 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 115 110* 30 27 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 113 108* 29 29 13
CLOPIDOGREL 110 85 21 30 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108 90 27 31 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 101* 33 32 10
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 100 95* 20 33 84
ALLOPURINOL 99 99 29 34 30
PROAIR HFA 97 92* 39 35 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 96 91* 26 36 50
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 96 96 11 36 62
CRESTOR 95 90* 27 38 37
METFORMIN HCL 92 74 31 39 9
CHLORTHALIDONE 86 81* 24 40 102
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 80 <11 <11 A 41 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 69 21 41 39
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 78 65 15 43 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 72* 30 44 24
NEXIUM 76 65 16 45 67
LOVASTATIN 76 71* 25 45 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 76 71* 17 45 17
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 70 70 16 48 114
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 68 <11 <11 49 165
CARBAMAZEPINE 68 <11 <11 49 266
GLIPIZIDE 67 62* 19 51 43
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 64 <11 <11 S2 52 54
FENTANYL 64 53 16 S2 52 64
CARVEDILOL 64 59* 17 52 33
SYNTHROID 64 48 19 52 63
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 61 56* 16 56 121
VERAPAMIL ER 60 55* 16 57 170
CYMBALTA 59 54* 12 58 52
BYSTOLIC 59 59 16 58 142
FENOFIBRATE* 58 19 12 60 76
WARFARIN SODIUM 57 52* 16 61 12
VYTORIN 56 34 13 62 244
XARELTO 56 56 13 62 222
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 55 50* 21 64 124
LORAZEPAM 54 54 11 B 65 32
CELEBREX 51 51 14 66 120
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 51 46* 14 66 236
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 Sept. 6, 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.