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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,871Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 1269

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 1269

671 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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 Maryland
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 671 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 671 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 10,513 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Maryland
LISINOPRIL 500 378 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 484 370 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 431 271 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 410 287 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 371 260 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 356 314 6 2
OXYCODONE HCL 311 87 S2 7 34
TRAMADOL HCL 309 187 8 16
METFORMIN HCL 284 158 9 9
OMEPRAZOLE 261 171 10 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 224 186 11 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 220 126 12 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 195 152 13 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 151 14 10
CLONIDINE HCL 179 34 15 51
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 177 136 16 11
RANITIDINE HCL 170 83 17 27
AZITHROMYCIN 163 104 18 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 161 149 19 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 159 138 20 31
SINGULAIR 154 80 21 123
SERTRALINE HCL 152 115 22 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 151 75 S3 23 20
GABAPENTIN 139 99 24 17
CARISOPRODOL 138 35 R 25 136
MELOXICAM 138 103 25 68
IBUPROFEN 133 78 27 73
ADVAIR DISKUS 128 79 28 46
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 117 104 29 28
RISPERIDONE 116 80 30 43
PROMETHAZINE HCL 112 32 R 31 149
CITALOPRAM HBR 110 87 32 21
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 108 74 33 144
DIOVAN 106 99 34 35
PROAIR HFA 103 57 35 61
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 101 74 R 36 157
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 95 37 15
CLOPIDOGREL 98 82 37 32
NEXIUM 97 76 39 41
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 96 36 R 40 93
LANTUS 95 69 41 39
PROPRANOLOL HCL 95 60 41 227
MIRTAZAPINE 95 78 41 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 94 0 44 54
DONEPEZIL HCL 94 94 44 22
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 91 38 46 218
CARVEDILOL 91 84 46 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 87 57 48 26
LEVETIRACETAM 85 25 49 55
FLUOXETINE HCL 84 63 50 83
WARFARIN SODIUM 82 75 51 12
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 82 66 51 58
NAPROXEN 81 51 53 107
CEPHALEXIN 81 50 53 113
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 81 47 53 154
OXYCONTIN 80 0 S2 56 116
CRESTOR 80 64 56 25
ALLOPURINOL 79 69 58 49
COLCRYS 79 68 58 150
TRAZODONE HCL 78 34 60 36
NYSTATIN 77 57 61 119
LACTULOSE 77 37 61 67
AMOXICILLIN 74 49 63 129
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 73 30 64 128
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 56 65 50
CYMBALTA 71 39 66 70
CREON 70 54 67 248
PREDNISONE 69 45 68 45
PENTOXIFYLLINE 69 65 68 290
COMBIVENT 68 30 70 158
PLAVIX 67 57 71 47
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 65 22 S2 72 306
AMMONIUM LACTATE 63 51 73 306
ENDOCET 62 11 S2 74 106
ALPRAZOLAM 61 34 75 265
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 51 76 66
ERYTHROMYCIN 59 44 77 312
GLIPIZIDE 57 45 78 37
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 56 39 79 304
LIDODERM 56 46 79 56
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 56 14 79 137
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 41 82 53
PENICILLIN V POTASSIUM 53 35 83 379
VENTOLIN HFA 53 0 83 100
LYRICA 53 18 83 92
ATENOLOL 52 32 86 14
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51 33 87 48
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 29 S2 88 121
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 31 S2 88 44
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 July 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.