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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,824Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 96 out of 2343

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 2343

612 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 612 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 18,432 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
FUROSEMIDE 667 660 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 626 619 2 2
JANTOVEN 544 542 3 81
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 479 468 4 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 458 444 5 10
SIMVASTATIN 422 411 6 1
LISINOPRIL 412 407 7 3
OMEPRAZOLE 407 401 8 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 323 320 9 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 319 319 10 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 301 301 11 21
BYSTOLIC 278 270 12 123
SERTRALINE HCL 269 262 13 20
NAMENDA 257 257 14 36
CITALOPRAM HBR 252 252 15 17
CRESTOR 243 222 16 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 241 240 17 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 219 216 18 14
METFORMIN HCL 211 200 19 9
CARVEDILOL 211 211 19 27
GABAPENTIN 202 202 21 16
MIRTAZAPINE 191 189 22 41
TRAMADOL HCL 185 181 23 25
CLOPIDOGREL 171 168 24 26
PREDNISONE 167 166 25 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 162 158 26 55
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 159 155 27 18
NEXIUM 159 157 27 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 154 151 29 19
FENTANYL 150 150 S2 30 69
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 146 146 31 54
VOLTAREN 140 140 32 175
TAMSULOSIN HCL 140 137 32 29
SYNTHROID 135 128 34 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 132 129 35 24
PLAVIX 129 122 36 38
ROPINIROLE HCL 127 127 37 124
CYMBALTA 127 112 37 74
RAMIPRIL 123 114 39 90
CELEBREX 122 119 40 71
WARFARIN SODIUM 122 120 40 8
RISPERIDONE 121 121 42 61
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 109 107 S3 43 13
ATENOLOL 108 108 44 12
DIOVAN 106 106 45 23
ALLOPURINOL 103 103 46 31
LIPITOR 102 101 47 78
PAROXETINE HCL 101 101 48 66
LANTUS 97 97 49 51
BENICAR 97 89 49 93
SPIRIVA 97 96 49 48
KLOR-CON M20 96 96 52 44
AZITHROMYCIN 95 93 53 39
GLIPIZIDE 94 94 54 56
RANITIDINE HCL 91 91 55 43
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 89 86 56 77
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 89 56 28
GLIPIZIDE XL 89 89 56 84
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 80 59 42
JANUVIA 85 83 60 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 84 84 61 32
DIGOXIN 83 83 62 35
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 82 82 63 249
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 81 80 64 46
SPIRONOLACTONE 78 78 65 65
FAMOTIDINE 76 76 66 60
TRAZODONE HCL 76 69 66 53
GLIMEPIRIDE 71 71 68 45
HYDROCORTISONE VALERATE 68 68 69 328
VESICARE 68 68 69 145
NOVOLOG 67 67 71 110
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 66 71 34
NYSTATIN 67 65 71 172
INSULIN SYRINGE 65 65 74 102
AZOR 65 65 74 262
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 65 65 74 98
AMIODARONE HCL 64 64 77 158
MELOXICAM 63 62 78 68
COREG CR 62 56 79 301
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 61 80 85
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 60 81 72
AVODART 60 53 81 165
NASONEX 60 59 81 209
PRIMIDONE 59 59 84 318
LEVETIRACETAM 56 54 85 104
GLYBURIDE 56 56 R 85 62
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55 53 87 15
LATANOPROST 54 54 88 200
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 54 53 R 88 109
LEXAPRO 50 50 90 178
LIDODERM 50 50 90 130
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 July 2, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.