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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,425Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 185 out of 1269

$515K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 145 out of 1269

255 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 255 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 255 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,057 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 26%.

Prescription Price

$80 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 263 206 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 211 187 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 186 140 3 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 173 138 4 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 168 101 5 12
ATENOLOL 159 132 6 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 135 104 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 130 111 8 5
OMEPRAZOLE 123 40 9 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 121 115 10 21
MELOXICAM 111 95 11 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 108 102 12 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 93 87 13 19
CARVEDILOL 92 72 14 29
SERTRALINE HCL 91 75 15 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 88 78 16 11
METFORMIN HCL 87 76 17 9
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 43 18 58
MIRTAZAPINE 75 62 18 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 70 60 20 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 67 56 21 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 64 62 22 22
LIPITOR 57 43 23 91
JANTOVEN 57 57 23 52
RANITIDINE HCL 55 52 25 27
NEXIUM 55 51 25 41
LEXAPRO 52 36 27 174
KLOR-CON M20 51 42 28 60
CLOPIDOGREL 51 51 28 32
JANUVIA 50 47 30 74
PLAVIX 50 45 30 47
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 April 5, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.