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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,940Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 77 out of 2343

$1.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 49 out of 2343

1,530 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

9% of this provider’s 1,530 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 1,530 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 17,857 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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
OMEPRAZOLE 671 570 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 627 569 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 591 564 3 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 591 546 3 8
LISINOPRIL 490 451 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 484 464 6 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 483 450 7 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 432 411 8 21
NAMENDA 379 354 9 36
MIRTAZAPINE 374 339 10 41
FUROSEMIDE 363 329 11 6
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 350 326 12 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 340 293 13 10
ATENOLOL 307 295 14 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 305 284 15 7
GABAPENTIN 296 275 16 16
CARVEDILOL 238 236 17 27
TRAZODONE HCL 237 221 18 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 236 225 19 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 235 213 S3 20 13
SERTRALINE HCL 209 188 21 20
KLOR-CON M20 205 199 22 44
SYNTHROID 178 171 23 40
METFORMIN HCL 170 158 24 9
DIOVAN 160 160 25 23
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 157 153 S2 26 49
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 152 149 27 28
PREDNISONE 148 140 28 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 147 134 29 11
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 147 139 29 55
OXYCODONE HCL 145 105 S2 31 67
CLOPIDOGREL 142 134 32 26
DIGOXIN 141 133 33 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 139 104 34 15
JANTOVEN 135 135 35 81
ADVAIR DISKUS 133 102 36 34
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 131 82 37 101
CYMBALTA 130 115 38 74
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 129 121 39 24
EXELON 128 124 40 129
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 125 120 41 18
FAMOTIDINE 124 87 42 60
PLAVIX 124 124 42 38
BUSPIRONE HCL 117 111 44 146
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 113 107 45 76
RISPERIDONE 111 110 46 61
TRAMADOL HCL 111 104 46 25
LEXAPRO 106 104 48 178
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 106 98 48 99
NOVOLOG 105 85 50 110
FENTANYL 97 92 S2 51 69
FINASTERIDE 94 87 52 80
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 93 87 53 14
SPIRIVA 91 85 54 48
NEXIUM 85 78 55 33
SPIRONOLACTONE 85 81 55 65
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 83 83 57 147
PRANDIN 83 79 57 140
BENICAR 82 80 59 93
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 79 78 60 126
HUMALOG 75 68 61 131
KLOR-CON M10 75 75 61 107
BACLOFEN 74 44 63 161
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 48 64 82
QUINAPRIL HCL 71 71 65 73
PAROXETINE HCL 70 68 66 66
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 57 66 32
ABILIFY 69 56 68 159
CELEBREX 67 62 69 71
LEVETIRACETAM 64 56 70 104
ALLOPURINOL 64 64 70 31
SEROQUEL 63 63 72 171
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 57 72 77
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 63 44 72 105
TRICOR 63 49 72 96
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 63 63 72 57
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 56 72 72
OLANZAPINE 63 61 72 121
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 55 79 152
JANUVIA 60 59 79 50
AZITHROMYCIN 59 57 81 39
DIOVAN HCT 58 58 82 63
AGGRENOX 58 58 82 174
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 35 84 87
CLONIDINE HCL 57 54 84 70
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 51 86 106
SOTALOL 55 55 86 177
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 53 88 85
DETROL LA 54 38 88 150
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 54 88 54
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 53 34 R 91 224
GLIPIZIDE 53 53 91 56
GALANTAMINE HBR 52 52 93 302
TERAZOSIN HCL 52 36 93 143
RANITIDINE HCL 51 49 95 43
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 50 95 149
AVONEX ADMINISTRATION PACK 51 0 10 95 583
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 51 24 95 349
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 43 99 83
LAMOTRIGINE 50 44 99 194
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 Oct. 3, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.