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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,896Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 311 out of 2061

$766K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 270 out of 2061

358 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
54%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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 Ohio
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 358 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 358 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,119 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 Ohio
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 541 270 S3 1 10
LISINOPRIL 384 199 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 348 214 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 326 252 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 314 186 5 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 300 110 6 23
GABAPENTIN 280 119 7 15
FUROSEMIDE 264 164 8 6
OMEPRAZOLE 261 131 9 5
TRAMADOL HCL 210 65 10 18
METFORMIN HCL 201 154 11 9
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 191 90 S2 12 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 173 100 13 7
SERTRALINE HCL 145 83 14 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 139 94 15 11
NABUMETONE 138 41 16 196
LANTUS 131 53 17 48
PROAIR HFA 128 62 18 40
GLIPIZIDE 127 82 19 55
ATENOLOL 119 80 20 13
PROMETHAZINE HCL 114 25 R 21 119
DONEPEZIL HCL 114 87 21 24
CARVEDILOL 112 80 23 22
PAROXETINE HCL 112 40 23 61
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 107 97 25 17
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 106 19 R 26 78
CITALOPRAM HBR 102 66 27 20
CLOZAPINE 102 0 27 164
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 98 56 29 8
NAMENDA 96 79 30 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93 73 31 14
CYMBALTA 92 15 32 59
TRAZODONE HCL 92 30 32 39
NEXIUM 91 34 34 26
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 79 47 S3 35 144
BUSPIRONE HCL 77 18 36 115
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 74 38 37 72
AMOXICILLIN 72 30 38 121
LYRICA 71 0 39 83
NOVOLOG 69 40 40 102
IBUPROFEN 69 29 40 90
TAMSULOSIN HCL 68 48 42 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 68 27 42 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 68 26 42 74
PREDNISONE 65 44 45 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 38 45 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 55 47 42
SINGULAIR 62 18 48 88
HYDROXYZINE HCL 61 0 R 49 215
JANUVIA 61 28 49 51
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 27 R 51 89
TIZANIDINE HCL 57 12 52 137
ROPINIROLE HCL 57 24 52 92
CLONIDINE HCL 55 12 54 52
HYDROCORTISONE 52 24 55 278
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 51 16 R 56 149
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 May 10, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.