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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,338Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 208

$1.61M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 208

403 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 7,536 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

65% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 51%.

Prescription Price

$172 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $143 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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
SYNTHROID 718 633 1 2
LOVAZA 548 428 2 39
PRANDIN 543 467 10 3 35
LEVOXYL 505 377 4 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 448 350 5 15
JANUVIA 446 393 6 12
DIOVAN 363 321 7 42
PEN NEEDLE 325 227 8 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 260 217 9 20
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 259 182 10 5
SIMVASTATIN 255 215 11 6
HUMALOG 243 147 12 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 191 142 13 34
CARVEDILOL 159 118 14 47
LANTUS 147 104 15 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 142 117 16 10
FUROSEMIDE 137 128 17 24
NIASPAN 133 115 18 52
DIOVAN HCT 125 112 19 98
SYMLINPEN 120 124 106 10 20 139
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 122 104 21 11
CALCITONIN-SALMON 120 112 22 141
INSULIN SYRINGE 117 85 23 9
RAMIPRIL 114 99 24 64
ACTOS 110 88 25 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 109 91 26 33
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 108 68 27 1
EXFORGE 100 90 28 116
TRADJENTA 95 77 29 78
WELCHOL 91 60 30 105
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 90 77 31 54
METFORMIN HCL ER 82 56 32 13
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 73 72 33 101
LIVALO 60 56 34 181
LISINOPRIL 60 39 34 14
NOVOLOG 58 50 36 18
ACTONEL 55 53 37 75
COREG CR 51 43 38 202
BYETTA 51 32 38 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 39 40 29
TRILIPIX 50 40 40 90
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 30, 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.