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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,628Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 180 out of 2343

$872K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 202 out of 2343

1,094 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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

8% of this provider’s 1,094 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 1,094 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 13,702 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 607 569 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 567 505 2 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 512 474 3 8
OMEPRAZOLE 508 434 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 466 371 S3 5 13
FUROSEMIDE 420 387 6 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 408 368 7 17
LISINOPRIL 360 335 8 3
ATENOLOL 291 277 9 12
NAMENDA 276 276 10 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 269 246 11 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 269 269 11 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 268 238 13 5
TAMSULOSIN HCL 212 192 14 29
MIRTAZAPINE 212 198 14 41
TRAZODONE HCL 203 153 16 53
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 201 198 17 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 194 158 18 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 182 170 19 22
GABAPENTIN 172 138 20 16
TRAMADOL HCL 167 147 21 25
SERTRALINE HCL 160 150 22 20
CARVEDILOL 156 152 23 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 148 127 24 24
OXYCODONE HCL 137 111 S2 25 67
DIOVAN 130 130 26 23
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 126 113 27 54
RISPERIDONE 112 61 28 61
SYNTHROID 111 98 29 40
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 105 30 42
DIGOXIN 103 98 31 35
GLIPIZIDE 97 92 32 56
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 93 93 33 28
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 92 84 34 105
CYMBALTA 89 70 35 74
PREDNISONE 88 77 36 37
SPIRIVA 85 74 37 48
FAMOTIDINE 85 76 37 60
MELOXICAM 84 61 39 68
CLOPIDOGREL 84 71 39 26
METFORMIN HCL 82 76 41 9
KLOR-CON M10 80 80 42 107
FINASTERIDE 79 79 43 80
LANTUS 79 70 43 51
PAROXETINE HCL 77 74 45 66
EXELON 77 77 45 129
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 74 47 15
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 61 48 72
NEXIUM 71 62 49 33
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 71 64 S2 49 49
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 70 42 R 51 109
AZITHROMYCIN 69 59 52 39
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 66 53 83
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 68 68 53 77
VERAPAMIL ER 68 61 53 95
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 65 53 55
SOTALOL 67 59 57 177
PLAVIX 66 66 58 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 63 59 85
CELEBREX 63 49 60 71
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 52 60 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 58 62 34
METFORMIN HCL ER 61 48 62 88
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 57 62 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 53 65 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 36 66 46
LOVASTATIN 58 36 66 47
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 57 54 68 99
VESICARE 57 36 68 145
CARBAMAZEPINE 56 30 70 206
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 56 56 70 76
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 52 72 106
KLOR-CON M20 54 38 73 44
ALLOPURINOL 50 45 74 31
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 45 R 74 117
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.