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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Adult Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,440Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 47

$1.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 47

492 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

11% of this provider’s 492 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 492 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 12,329 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 537 403 1 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 527 358 2 14
LISINOPRIL 473 315 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 442 301 4 5
TRAMADOL HCL 380 177 5 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 362 269 6 16
VENTOLIN HFA 348 269 7 43
SIMVASTATIN 338 225 8 1
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 337 294 R 9 85
RANITIDINE HCL 332 234 10 26
JANUVIA 323 221 11 56
GABAPENTIN 310 182 12 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 309 264 13 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 294 211 14 11
METFORMIN HCL 281 221 15 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 264 216 16 10
NEXIUM 259 190 17 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 233 137 18 4
DIOVAN 233 182 18 23
SINGULAIR 230 157 20 58
IBUPROFEN 225 146 21 35
ENDOCET 214 143 S2 22 51
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 139 23 21
NAPROXEN 203 139 24 72
DIOVAN HCT 191 116 25 50
LYRICA 188 121 26 80
GLIMEPIRIDE 185 120 27 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 176 139 28 37
LOVASTATIN 166 124 29 33
EVISTA 158 127 30 153
ACTOS 157 92 31 89
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 154 97 32 32
FAMOTIDINE 149 101 33 46
CARVEDILOL 149 135 33 27
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 137 97 35 100
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 136 119 36 92
TRICOR 135 80 37 52
CRESTOR 132 77 38 17
BENICAR HCT 128 103 39 108
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 124 36 R 40 83
FUROSEMIDE 119 106 41 7
SPIRIVA 118 89 42 42
CLOPIDOGREL 112 99 43 29
NIFEDIPINE ER 108 67 44 99
SERTRALINE HCL 108 76 44 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 107 89 46 31
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 102 93 47 25
KETOCONAZOLE 101 81 48 109
GLIPIZIDE XL 101 89 48 64
METOLAZONE 99 63 50 183
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 94 70 S3 51 9
ADVAIR DISKUS 92 66 52 40
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 91 76 53 65
PLAVIX 88 78 54 49
CYMBALTA 86 82 55 96
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 85 65 56 154
MECLIZINE HCL 83 75 57 41
ZETIA 83 55 57 94
CHLORTHALIDONE 83 69 57 194
PROMETHAZINE HCL 82 45 R 60 122
NAMENDA 81 75 61 44
DEXILANT 80 78 62 86
MONOJECT INSULIN SYRINGE 72 48 63 204
ALCOHOL SWABS 71 41 64 149
PROPRANOLOL HCL 70 61 65 207
PREDNISONE 70 48 65 71
ETODOLAC 69 46 67 208
ALLOPURINOL 67 60 68 36
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 67 44 R 68 210
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 66 44 70 22
PRANDIN 66 56 70 75
OXAPROZIN 65 23 72 216
DOXEPIN HCL 63 41 73 220
VESICARE 62 54 74 124
INDOMETHACIN 62 39 R 74 224
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 36 74 34
NIASPAN 58 39 77 73
SYMBICORT 57 25 78 144
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 33 R 79 128
NASONEX 56 42 79 156
TAMSULOSIN HCL 56 45 79 30
HYDROXYZINE HCL 56 30 R 79 233
NABUMETONE 55 44 83 234
ATENOLOL 55 39 83 12
BUMETANIDE 54 33 85 138
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 26 85 147
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 53 87 124
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 52 51 88 117
HUMULIN 70-30 52 34 88 176
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 40 88 179
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 25 91 55
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 29 92 176
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 June 7, 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.