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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,833Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 175 out of 2343

$998K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 121 out of 2343

705 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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

13% of this provider’s 705 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 705 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,994 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 815 445 S3 1 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 547 435 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 531 427 3 1
LISINOPRIL 465 331 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 435 237 5 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 428 367 6 7
FUROSEMIDE 317 265 7 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 312 209 8 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 277 210 9 10
SERTRALINE HCL 271 173 10 20
GABAPENTIN 252 181 11 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 235 189 12 5
METFORMIN HCL 218 151 13 9
CARVEDILOL 203 172 14 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 194 112 15 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 192 129 16 22
NEXIUM 184 120 17 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 107 18 11
OXYCODONE HCL 152 87 S2 19 67
WARFARIN SODIUM 149 114 20 8
DIOVAN 147 126 21 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 132 120 22 29
DIGOXIN 132 91 22 35
GLYBURIDE 130 81 R 24 62
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 127 82 25 87
RANITIDINE HCL 126 83 26 43
BENAZEPRIL HCL 125 97 27 113
SYNTHROID 120 97 28 40
CEFUROXIME 117 84 29 193
DONEPEZIL HCL 117 104 29 21
IBUPROFEN 110 51 31 75
ALLOPURINOL 110 88 31 31
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 109 95 33 98
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 107 88 S2 34 49
TRAMADOL HCL 106 41 35 25
ROPINIROLE HCL 103 70 36 124
ADVAIR DISKUS 102 68 37 34
MELOXICAM 101 78 38 68
PREDNISONE 100 68 39 37
VENTOLIN HFA 97 59 40 79
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 56 41 46
OXYCONTIN 92 49 S2 42 138
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 91 70 43 59
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 90 77 44 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 90 79 44 17
CELEBREX 87 70 46 71
FLUOXETINE HCL 85 39 47 82
JANUVIA 82 60 48 50
BUMETANIDE 82 72 48 91
DIOVAN HCT 80 58 50 63
METFORMIN HCL ER 78 62 51 88
CLOPIDOGREL 78 65 51 26
MECLIZINE HCL 78 58 51 103
PROAIR HFA 77 25 54 86
ZETIA 76 57 55 52
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 42 R 56 109
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 72 54 57 155
CLONIDINE HCL 71 62 58 70
ATENOLOL 70 54 59 12
BUPROPION HCL SR 66 33 60 221
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 63 37 61 244
SPIRIVA 63 39 61 48
PLAVIX 63 54 61 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 62 52 64 19
LANSOPRAZOLE 61 56 65 162
SPIRONOLACTONE 61 29 65 65
HYDROCORTISONE VALERATE 60 39 67 328
GLIPIZIDE 60 57 67 56
LANTUS 59 42 69 51
AZITHROMYCIN 58 38 70 39
VERAPAMIL ER 58 57 70 95
FENTANYL 57 19 S2 72 69
LABETALOL HCL 55 38 73 153
LOVASTATIN 55 41 73 47
PREMARIN 55 32 R 73 286
DETROL LA 54 38 76 150
TRAZODONE HCL 53 23 77 53
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 52 47 78 14
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 Feb. 6, 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.