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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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45,615Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 2343

$3.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 2343

685 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

7% of this provider’s 685 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 685 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 42,075 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

42% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

67 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
CRESTOR 1,389 1,277 1 30
SIMVASTATIN 1,273 1,117 2 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,193 1,099 3 7
DIOVAN 977 905 4 23
FUROSEMIDE 955 915 5 6
MECLIZINE HCL 928 899 10 6 103
OMEPRAZOLE 848 767 7 4
NEXIUM 846 817 8 33
METFORMIN HCL 838 660 9 9
ATENOLOL 830 772 10 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 773 723 11 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 749 728 12 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 748 715 13 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 724 665 14 5
DIOVAN HCT 677 661 15 63
LISINOPRIL 624 486 16 3
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 615 545 17 46
IBUPROFEN 610 565 18 75
CLONIDINE HCL 587 558 19 70
ADVAIR DISKUS 523 445 20 34
PLAVIX 521 497 21 38
SYNTHROID 507 504 22 40
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 495 428 23 2
CELEBREX 454 433 24 71
LOVAZA 427 375 25 113
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 423 405 26 10
LIDODERM 421 407 27 130
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 419 375 28 15
CLOPIDOGREL 397 368 29 26
CARVEDILOL 377 351 30 27
DICYCLOMINE HCL 363 325 31 202
DEXILANT 342 326 32 184
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 340 339 33 54
JANUVIA 334 283 34 50
VOLTAREN 331 306 35 175
LIPITOR 326 323 36 78
FAMOTIDINE 325 311 37 60
WARFARIN SODIUM 323 316 38 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 321 284 39 14
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 318 318 40 219
RANITIDINE HCL 309 309 41 43
GLIPIZIDE XL 302 242 42 84
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 301 278 43 11
NITROSTAT 286 279 44 164
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 272 262 45 83
CREON 266 258 46 197
AMMONIUM LACTATE 262 246 47 228
PROAIR HFA 255 226 48 86
FLUOCINONIDE 254 240 49 256
PROCTOZONE-HC 253 237 50 208
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 251 230 51 59
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 229 219 52 98
BENICAR 226 214 53 93
DONEPEZIL HCL 226 226 53 21
BYSTOLIC 221 197 55 123
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 220 191 56 28
AZITHROMYCIN 218 186 57 39
EXFORGE 217 208 58 163
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 216 177 59 19
VESICARE 215 187 60 145
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 214 204 61 55
GABAPENTIN 206 200 62 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 204 204 63 18
NAMENDA 204 204 63 36
GLIMEPIRIDE 203 167 65 45
SOLARAZE 202 195 66 277
COUMADIN 201 201 67 216
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 143 68 64
SINGLE USE SWAB 196 185 69 241
NAPROXEN 196 187 69 108
SPIRIVA 194 162 71 48
ZETIA 191 183 72 52
TRICOR 190 142 73 96
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 189 169 74 22
HYDRALAZINE HCL 185 177 75 92
BENICAR HCT 183 171 76 156
SINGULAIR 179 153 77 100
ACTOS 178 143 78 125
TRAMADOL HCL 178 158 78 25
ONGLYZA 177 143 80 211
ALLOPURINOL 177 166 80 31
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 177 174 80 76
LEXAPRO 172 160 83 178
LABETALOL HCL 168 156 84 153
KETOCONAZOLE 167 161 85 232
NASONEX 165 158 86 209
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 160 130 S3 87 13
FLUOXETINE HCL 153 153 88 82
LOPERAMIDE 150 136 89 238
CILOSTAZOL 149 144 90 204
HYDROCORTISONE 148 133 91 225
PROMETHAZINE HCL 143 131 R 92 222
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 141 136 93 127
AVODART 140 138 94 165
RISPERIDONE 140 140 94 61
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 134 116 96 284
RANEXA 133 133 97 272
FINASTERIDE 129 112 98 80
GLIPIZIDE ER 126 120 99 115
CLONIDINE 123 104 100 307
SOTALOL 120 120 101 177
ALCOHOL SWABS 119 104 102 303
SYMBICORT 119 112 102 167
AZOR 118 118 104 262
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 114 114 105 278
COLCRYS 112 111 106 166
MOMETASONE FUROATE 111 98 107 439
VYTORIN 111 97 107 185
MUPIROCIN 110 106 109 260
GLIPIZIDE 108 108 110 56
PAROXETINE HCL 108 96 110 66
LYRICA 106 94 112 135
INSULIN SYRINGE 104 98 113 102
LIDOCAINE 103 98 114 258
LANSOPRAZOLE 101 101 115 162
PEN NEEDLE 100 91 116 119
SERTRALINE HCL 97 82 117 20
FEXOFENADINE HCL 94 88 118 240
ENDOCET 92 58 S2 119 97
SPIRONOLACTONE 92 89 119 65
KLOR-CON 10 92 92 119 134
NIASPAN 90 90 122 141
VERAPAMIL ER 89 70 123 95
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 89 89 123 192
AMIODARONE HCL 88 87 125 158
CYMBALTA 87 73 126 74
VENTOLIN HFA 85 76 127 79
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 80 66 128 181
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 75 69 129 137
RAMIPRIL 74 74 130 90
DETROL LA 73 73 131 150
ROPINIROLE HCL 73 73 131 124
MIRTAZAPINE 72 72 133 41
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 71 54 134 101
DILTIAZEM ER 70 70 135 207
LACTULOSE 67 67 136 139
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 67 67 136 287
CLOTRIMAZOLE 66 66 138 388
BONIVA 66 62 138 332
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 65 65 140 481
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 65 65 140 415
FENOFIBRATE 64 54 142 94
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 61 142 72
ONDANSETRON HCL 64 63 142 273
PROCTOSOL-HC 63 63 145 411
JANUMET 63 51 145 191
COMBIVENT 62 62 147 144
TERAZOSIN HCL 61 61 148 143
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 61 58 148 218
CITALOPRAM HBR 58 37 150 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 48 150 42
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 57 48 152 288
ENABLEX 57 57 152 319
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 56 54 154 263
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 45 154 106
LANTUS 56 56 154 51
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 54 54 157 155
ACTOPLUS MET 53 46 158 346
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 53 53 R 158 154
FLECTOR 52 36 160 439
ZOVIRAX 52 50 160 483
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 52 52 160 147
DIGOXIN 51 51 163 35
TRAZODONE HCL 51 47 163 53
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 50 38 165 57
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 50 45 165 122
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 19, 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.