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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,509Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 537 out of 2343

$713K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 312 out of 2343

384 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

8% of this provider’s 384 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,187 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

38% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 409 357 1 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 393 375 2 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 376 331 3 10
SIMVASTATIN 357 298 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 331 322 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 319 267 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 281 268 7 6
METFORMIN HCL 210 128 8 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 205 179 9 7
AMLODIPINE-ATORVASTATIN 199 181 10 10 416
LISINOPRIL 176 136 11 3
CRESTOR 173 162 12 30
CLOPIDOGREL 140 140 13 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 133 117 14 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 131 127 15 18
CARVEDILOL 130 118 16 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 128 107 17 24
KLOR-CON M20 103 103 18 44
TRILIPIX 101 79 19 214
TEKTURNA 101 101 19 326
AZITHROMYCIN 98 88 21 39
COMBIVENT 97 69 22 144
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 97 76 22 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 96 96 24 8
TRAMADOL HCL 92 86 25 25
PLAVIX 91 91 26 38
NEXIUM 86 86 27 33
PRADAXA 85 75 28 188
CYMBALTA 85 54 28 74
BYSTOLIC 73 73 30 123
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 73 30 34
DIGOXIN 73 60 30 35
LIPITOR 70 66 33 78
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 69 55 34 120
DIOVAN 62 62 35 23
AGGRENOX 61 55 36 174
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 28 R 37 117
NAMENDA 56 53 38 36
ALLOPURINOL 56 45 38 31
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 41 40 101
PREDNISONE 54 49 41 37
JANTOVEN 54 54 41 81
NITROSTAT 53 40 43 164
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 49 44 21
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52 43 44 55
TRIBENZOR 50 45 46 476
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 41 46 106
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 8, 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.