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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,290Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 3734

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 92 out of 3734

1,045 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
24% 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

7% of this provider’s 1,045 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 1,045 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,026 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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 909 855 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 764 738 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 728 662 3 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 690 664 4 10
SIMVASTATIN 665 658 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 657 645 6 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 561 447 S3 7 12
LISINOPRIL 555 545 8 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 523 521 9 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 520 493 10 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 435 419 11 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 331 324 12 9
NAMENDA 312 312 13 44
SERTRALINE HCL 299 264 14 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 285 267 15 16
DIGOXIN 277 277 16 43
ATENOLOL 259 254 17 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 252 247 18 29
METFORMIN HCL 248 240 19 8
TRAMADOL HCL 241 230 20 20
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 216 188 21 63
GABAPENTIN 211 185 22 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 208 201 23 11
IBUPROFEN 201 185 24 75
CARVEDILOL 177 177 25 30
DIOVAN 175 175 26 31
MIRTAZAPINE 173 173 27 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 171 171 28 68
CLOPIDOGREL 169 169 29 23
KLOR-CON M20 158 158 30 48
ADVAIR DISKUS 158 151 30 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 157 122 32 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 154 146 33 22
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 150 150 34 82
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 143 139 35 26
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 138 136 36 53
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 135 132 37 97
PREDNISONE 133 119 38 42
GLIPIZIDE 132 124 39 57
SYNTHROID 127 121 40 47
CELEBREX 125 124 41 69
PLAVIX 123 123 42 39
LANTUS 115 109 43 54
FAMOTIDINE 103 98 44 60
SPIRIVA 102 100 45 40
NOVOLIN R 97 95 46 215
EXELON 95 95 47 150
RANITIDINE HCL 92 78 48 32
JANUVIA 91 87 49 50
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 87 50 21
AZITHROMYCIN 88 86 51 38
NAPROXEN 88 82 51 101
TRAZODONE HCL 84 56 53 49
PAROXETINE HCL 84 84 53 59
SEROQUEL 83 83 55 161
RISPERIDONE 83 76 55 62
METOLAZONE 82 82 57 174
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 82 80 57 117
CLONIDINE HCL 81 73 59 79
ALLOPURINOL 79 70 60 33
LABETALOL HCL 78 78 61 176
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 78 78 61 98
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 78 78 61 34
BUPROPION HCL SR 77 77 64 165
FINASTERIDE 75 75 65 88
CYMBALTA 74 46 66 67
NYSTATIN 74 74 66 162
LOVASTATIN 74 53 66 41
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 74 66 66 151
BUMETANIDE 73 72 70 78
KLOR-CON M10 71 71 71 115
GLIMEPIRIDE 70 69 72 37
LOPERAMIDE 69 67 73 251
CEPHALEXIN 69 63 73 120
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 52 75 61
NYSTOP 68 68 75 187
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 66 77 15
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 65 65 78 131
BUSPIRONE HCL 64 60 79 129
LEVETIRACETAM 63 63 80 105
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 49 R 81 94
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 62 60 81 244
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 59 83 77
PROPRANOLOL HCL 59 58 84 126
LACTULOSE 57 53 85 137
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 55 51 86 14
NEXIUM 55 38 86 36
ZETIA 54 54 88 55
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 53 88 80
PRANDIN 53 53 90 166
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 48 91 92
DETROL LA 51 51 92 153
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 April 22, 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.