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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,084Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 147

$334K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 147

151 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 151 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 151 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 3,769 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 35%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $148 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


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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 266 120 1 9
OMEPRAZOLE 232 118 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 210 161 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 193 92 4 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 174 174 5 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 168 136 6 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 125 103 7 36
LEVETIRACETAM 116 91 8 51
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 76 9 23
RISPERIDONE 100 62 10 53
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 93 75 11 55
FUROSEMIDE 92 88 12 16
LACTULOSE 90 70 13 59
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 88 34 14 60
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 81 49 15 11
NAMENDA 76 67 16 70
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 45 17 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 69 27 18 14
DIGOXIN 64 48 19 76
FAMOTIDINE 63 51 20 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 63 61 20 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 59 26 22 86
IBUPROFEN 59 30 22 48
GLIPIZIDE 52 11 24 45
HYDROCORTISONE 52 30 24 100
METFORMIN HCL 51 32 26 15
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 March 12, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.