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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,833Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 1269

$998K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 1269

614 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

13% of this provider’s 614 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 614 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,561 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 880 753 S3 1 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 860 755 2 6
FUROSEMIDE 732 622 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 645 584 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 583 528 5 8
LISINOPRIL 579 471 6 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 534 490 7 2
METFORMIN HCL 441 374 8 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 417 357 9 26
SIMVASTATIN 363 309 10 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 360 301 11 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 344 274 12 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 322 317 13 21
TRAMADOL HCL 283 242 14 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 276 245 15 10
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 264 208 16 88
GABAPENTIN 254 191 17 17
RISPERIDONE 237 236 18 43
JANTOVEN 233 210 19 52
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 227 186 20 127
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 227 198 20 18
DIGOXIN 208 182 22 62
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 194 181 23 79
DONEPEZIL HCL 194 184 23 22
GLIPIZIDE 194 166 23 37
SERTRALINE HCL 188 157 26 23
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 186 181 27 190
LANTUS 182 159 28 39
SPIRONOLACTONE 178 174 29 77
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 173 152 30 114
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 163 154 31 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 159 149 32 53
NAMENDA 159 149 32 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 155 128 34 7
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 147 99 S2 35 44
LOVASTATIN 147 147 35 30
CLOPIDOGREL 143 111 37 32
AMOXICILLIN 141 107 38 129
ALLOPURINOL 130 130 39 49
ATENOLOL 127 108 40 14
PREDNISONE 124 106 41 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 123 71 42 83
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 115 43 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 119 96 44 13
CARVEDILOL 118 111 45 29
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 114 100 46 58
LEVOFLOXACIN 110 86 47 75
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 108 94 48 50
SYNTHROID 108 84 48 72
AZITHROMYCIN 107 73 50 42
PEN NEEDLE 105 104 51 215
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 103 51 31
PLAVIX 103 68 53 47
SPIRIVA 103 69 53 64
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 103 98 53 182
NEXIUM 98 76 56 41
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 94 94 57 128
TRAZODONE HCL 91 58 58 36
LACTULOSE 90 84 59 67
CYMBALTA 88 79 60 70
QUINAPRIL HCL 87 85 61 167
BENICAR 86 86 62 153
CRESTOR 86 61 62 25
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 85 65 64 131
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 84 80 65 84
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 84 17 R 65 93
ADVAIR DISKUS 84 75 65 46
BENAZEPRIL HCL 84 80 65 156
MIRTAZAPINE 83 59 69 24
RAMIPRIL 82 65 70 96
LYRICA 82 56 70 92
LANSOPRAZOLE 80 57 72 120
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 57 73 151
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 75 49 74 214
FAMOTIDINE 73 69 75 85
NITROSTAT 73 62 75 191
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 59 77 63
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 30 S2 78 121
PAROXETINE HCL 68 68 78 71
RANITIDINE HCL 68 63 78 27
AMIODARONE HCL 67 63 81 166
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 56 81 28
DIOVAN 66 66 83 35
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 49 84 78
PROAIR HFA 63 38 85 61
IBUPROFEN 62 46 86 73
GLIPIZIDE XL 62 58 86 125
NITROFURANTOIN 61 57 88 210
OXYCODONE HCL 59 37 S2 89 34
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 56 19 S2 90 118
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 46 91 87
FENTANYL 54 29 S2 91 105
CEPHALEXIN 52 44 93 113
MECLIZINE HCL 50 39 94 140
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 45 94 146
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 May 23, 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.