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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,515Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 101 out of 1199

$804K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 90 out of 1199

571 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older
10% 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 Virginia
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 571 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 571 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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 Virginia
SIMVASTATIN 775 735 168 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 578 573* 125 2 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 489 484* 88 3 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 467 455 94 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 467 445 97 4 4
LISINOPRIL 451 438 87 6 3
OMEPRAZOLE 400 395* 93 7 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 392 387* 78 8 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 369 357 75 9 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 324 312 69 10 25
FUROSEMIDE 270 265* 60 11 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 259 254* 63 12 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 250 250 57 13 11
CRESTOR 215 210* 44 14 31
METFORMIN HCL 203 198* 42 15 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 201 196* 44 16 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 176 171* 43 17 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 172 172 34 18 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 163 158* 29 19 13
GABAPENTIN 160 155* 45 20 15
ALLOPURINOL 160 155* 27 20 34
TRAMADOL HCL 143 128 43 22 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 136 136 27 23 53
NEXIUM 123 123 24 24 32
DIOVAN 121 121 21 25 38
KLOR-CON M20 120 101 31 26 48
ATENOLOL 119 119 32 27 17
PAROXETINE HCL 99 76 13 28 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 97 92* 38 29 29
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 96 91* 17 30 239
LOVASTATIN 95 90* 20 31 47
CLONIDINE HCL 94 94 13 32 51
PREDNISONE 93 88* 42 33 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 84 79* 15 34 30
CLOPIDOGREL 84 79* 15 34 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 83 78* 19 36 24
CARVEDILOL 81 67 19 37 22
SPIRONOLACTONE 81 76* 21 37 61
HYDRALAZINE HCL 79 79 14 39 64
SYNTHROID 78 78 15 40 46
SPIRIVA 78 78 11 40 63
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 77 77 17 42 88
LANTUS 77 77 12 42 60
RANITIDINE HCL 75 75 14 44 41
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 74 21 45 39
FINASTERIDE 73 73 16 46 89
BENAZEPRIL HCL 72 72 20 47 87
SERTRALINE HCL 71 66* 15 48 23
NITROSTAT 69 69 39 49 167
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 65 15 50 62
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65 60* 18 50 28
GLIPIZIDE 62 <11 <11 52 50
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 61 <11 <11 53 42
LORAZEPAM 61 56* 18 B 53 26
NAMENDA 60 <11 <11 55 36
SYMBICORT 60 55* 19 55 142
MELOXICAM 58 58 23 57 55
CHLORTHALIDONE 57 57 14 58 106
PROAIR HFA 54 49* 26 59 44
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 54 11 59 43
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 46* 18 S3 61 9
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 July 26, 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.