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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,945Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 243 out of 2343

$709K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 317 out of 2343

384 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

28% 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

10% of this provider’s 384 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,930 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 521 488 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 406 404 2 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 394 367 3 17
OMEPRAZOLE 392 308 4 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 351 338 5 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 331 314 6 21
MIRTAZAPINE 325 290 7 41
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 266 221 S2 8 49
JANTOVEN 265 265 9 81
NAMENDA 265 252 9 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 240 196 11 8
TRAZODONE HCL 234 200 12 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 229 220 13 54
SIMVASTATIN 224 183 14 1
GABAPENTIN 208 139 15 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 201 197 16 29
KLOR-CON M20 197 196 17 44
LISINOPRIL 194 172 18 3
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 188 164 19 77
SERTRALINE HCL 182 144 20 20
LANTUS 180 136 21 51
FENTANYL 179 132 S2 22 69
RANITIDINE HCL 169 158 23 43
DIOVAN 168 124 24 23
OXYCODONE HCL 151 113 S2 25 67
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 142 129 S3 26 13
FAMOTIDINE 141 121 27 60
BACLOFEN 140 58 28 161
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 132 130 29 99
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 128 106 30 105
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 124 119 31 5
CARVEDILOL 122 99 32 27
OLANZAPINE 118 73 33 121
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 115 72 34 10
LEVETIRACETAM 107 72 35 104
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 84 36 11
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 99 57 36 152
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 98 70 38 85
SPIRONOLACTONE 96 53 39 65
BUSPIRONE HCL 94 82 40 146
PAROXETINE HCL 92 70 41 66
PREDNISONE 87 82 42 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 83 74 43 55
RISPERIDONE 76 64 44 61
SEROQUEL 76 64 44 171
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 73 39 46 87
ABILIFY 72 53 47 159
CYMBALTA 69 51 48 74
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 68 52 49 28
ATENOLOL 66 66 50 12
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 66 66 50 147
METFORMIN HCL 62 39 52 9
IBUPROFEN 61 45 53 75
NYSTOP 61 55 53 196
HUMALOG 60 27 55 131
TRAMADOL HCL 60 60 55 25
CILOSTAZOL 60 60 55 204
ONDANSETRON HCL 59 47 58 273
IMIPENEM-CILASTATIN SODIUM 58 58 10 59 488
PLAVIX 57 43 60 38
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 57 60 83
BUDESONIDE 56 55 62 313
SPIRIVA 56 56 62 48
NYSTATIN 55 49 64 172
CLOPIDOGREL 54 43 65 26
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 52 50 66 126
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 52 28 R 66 224
SANTYL 52 37 66 195
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 52 52 66 127
LACTULOSE 52 27 66 139
LYRICA 50 47 71 135
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 31 71 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 46 71 72
LIDODERM 50 49 71 130
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 Aug. 21, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.