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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,698Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 163 out of 930

$526K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 114 out of 930

472 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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 472 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 472 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 598 503 107 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 353 207 63 S3 2 7
LISINOPRIL 309 265 63 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 253 222 58 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 243 204 49 5 4
METFORMIN HCL 231 197 48 6 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 205 180 50 7 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 168 154 37 8 5
CARVEDILOL 144 132 25 9 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 142 137* 24 10 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 129 29 11 11
GABAPENTIN 129 107 34 12 14
RANITIDINE HCL 128 72 23 13 31
TRAMADOL HCL 126 78 29 14 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 120 105 28 15 17
FUROSEMIDE 115 101 26 16 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 115 23 16 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 103* 22 18 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 103 98* 22 19 58
BACLOFEN 100 73 21 20 79
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 94* 19 21 57
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 80 22 22 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 71 14 23 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 76* 18 24 34
ALPRAZOLAM 80 62 16 B 25 36
LORAZEPAM 79 57 21 B 26 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 73 68* 17 27 13
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 73 45 18 27 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 53 13 29 18
TRAZODONE HCL 68 46 11 30 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 61* 21 31 24
CRESTOR 65 48 16 32 37
CYMBALTA 63 17 12 33 52
PREDNISONE 62 57* 31 34 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 <11 <11 R 35 78
VERAPAMIL ER 61 <11 <11 35 170
WARFARIN SODIUM 60 60 14 37 12
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 <11 <11 38 122
FENTANYL 52 <11 <11 S2 39 64
ROPINIROLE HCL 52 <11 <11 39 89
SPIRIVA 52 47* 14 39 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 24 13 42 77
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 Jan. 25, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.