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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,805Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 930

$749K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 930

524 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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 524 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 524 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 469 340 96 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 459 398 117 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 456 383 102 S3 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 369 332 90 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 342 311 68 5 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 329 266 69 6 16
OMEPRAZOLE 324 266 77 7 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 306 265 74 8 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 295 245 62 9 11
LISINOPRIL 276 250 73 10 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 251 194 71 11 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 216 198 56 12 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 206 154 51 13 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 204 188 45 14 12
LORAZEPAM 194 165 52 B 15 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 186 164 41 16 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 157 119 44 17 25
METFORMIN HCL 154 137 44 18 9
SERTRALINE HCL 152 105 25 19 21
GABAPENTIN 149 129 31 20 14
RANITIDINE HCL 138 110 28 21 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 137 132* 27 22 34
CYMBALTA 134 102 23 23 52
TRAMADOL HCL 131 86 32 24 26
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 129 110 29 25 62
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 123 79 25 S2 26 54
KLOR-CON M20 110 105* 32 27 141
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 109 104* 41 28 39
OXYCODONE HCL 105 80 32 S2 29 27
CLOPIDOGREL 101 89 27 30 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 96* 26 30 23
PREDNISONE 97 92* 45 32 38
ALLOPURINOL 97 83 23 32 30
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 94 68 24 34 71
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 92 87* 30 35 29
CARVEDILOL 92 81 29 35 33
PROAIR HFA 85 71 33 37 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 70 24 37 50
LANTUS 84 50 18 39 46
SPIRIVA 84 84 29 39 48
BENICAR 81 67 15 41 123
DILTIAZEM ER 75 70* 12 42 134
MIRTAZAPINE 69 64* 20 43 42
ROPINIROLE HCL 68 55 16 44 89
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 67 55 15 45 117
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 61* 20 46 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 48 14 47 73
CRESTOR 62 57* 19 48 37
CLONIDINE HCL 60 36 12 49 85
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 59 <11 <11 S3 50 104
TRAZODONE HCL 57 41 17 51 22
FINASTERIDE 56 51* 17 52 74
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56 <11 <11 52 111
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 <11 <11 54 75
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 54 49* 11 54 217
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 <11 <11 56 129
CEPHALEXIN 52 47* 28 57 108
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 52 <11 <11 A 57 45
AZITHROMYCIN 52 47* 45 57 66
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 51 <11 <11 S2 60 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 26 23 60 24
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51 33 15 60 87
BYSTOLIC 50 <11 <11 63 142
MELOXICAM 50 45* 12 63 53
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 Aug. 11, 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.