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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,835Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 346 out of 2343

$853K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 212 out of 2343

598 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
24% 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 Average for
this specialty
in Pennsylvania
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 598 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 598 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,394 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Pennsylvania
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 489 434 1 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 470 348 S3 2 13
SIMVASTATIN 417 384 3 1
ATENOLOL 349 334 4 12
OMEPRAZOLE 346 299 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 318 278 6 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 286 237 7 2
SYNTHROID 267 249 8 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 267 248 8 15
FUROSEMIDE 237 228 10 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 232 225 11 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 199 189 12 19
METFORMIN HCL 186 169 13 9
GABAPENTIN 164 144 14 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 159 147 15 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 155 133 16 22
LISINOPRIL 155 131 16 3
BENICAR HCT 150 138 18 156
WARFARIN SODIUM 148 146 19 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 139 125 20 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 112 21 11
BENICAR 122 103 22 93
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 114 99 23 59
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 114 89 23 57
NEXIUM 102 64 25 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 102 87 25 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 102 90 25 17
AZITHROMYCIN 100 85 28 39
TRICOR 99 89 29 96
TRAMADOL HCL 98 85 30 25
CARVEDILOL 96 96 31 27
JANUVIA 94 92 32 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 91 91 33 21
FENOFIBRATE 85 82 34 94
CELEBREX 85 85 34 71
DIOVAN 83 77 36 23
EXFORGE 83 83 36 163
DIOVAN HCT 83 83 36 63
QUINAPRIL HCL 82 78 39 73
CLOPIDOGREL 81 79 40 26
PRADAXA 75 71 41 188
AZOR 75 64 41 262
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 74 62 43 55
IBUPROFEN 73 47 44 75
PREDNISONE 73 61 44 37
ZETIA 72 63 46 52
TORSEMIDE 71 68 47 157
MIRTAZAPINE 68 36 48 41
GLYBURIDE 67 64 R 49 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 49 50 34
MICARDIS 66 66 50 363
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 66 50 32
PLAVIX 63 59 53 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 59 54 28
LIPITOR 59 52 55 78
TRAZODONE HCL 58 42 56 53
MICARDIS HCT 57 56 57 384
KLOR-CON M10 57 57 57 107
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 42 59 45
CYMBALTA 54 54 60 74
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 53 61 42
BUPROPION HCL SR 51 23 62 221
PAROXETINE HCL 50 40 63 66
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths 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.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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. 2, 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.