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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,022Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 60 out of 2343

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 97 out of 2343

437 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

14% of this provider’s 437 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 437 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 19,338 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

48 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,290 1,215 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,125 1,033 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 913 866 3 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 811 760 4 14
OMEPRAZOLE 653 586 5 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 624 567 S3 6 13
FUROSEMIDE 618 588 7 6
RANITIDINE HCL 599 523 8 43
ATENOLOL 469 453 9 12
SERTRALINE HCL 384 375 10 20
CRESTOR 309 287 11 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 298 290 12 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 260 251 13 19
CARVEDILOL 260 225 13 27
METFORMIN HCL ER 258 223 15 88
DIGOXIN 233 211 16 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232 224 17 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 230 208 18 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 225 219 19 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 222 197 20 7
ALLOPURINOL 217 217 21 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 209 209 22 65
NAMENDA 208 208 23 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 193 164 24 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 187 187 25 21
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 177 160 26 99
FENTANYL 175 137 S2 27 69
PREDNISONE 174 174 28 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 167 161 29 24
METFORMIN HCL 165 140 30 9
GABAPENTIN 161 129 31 16
NIFEDIPINE ER 149 140 32 89
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 148 142 33 59
JANUVIA 146 146 34 50
MEGESTROL ACETATE 145 145 R 35 246
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 142 142 36 32
CLOPIDOGREL 137 131 37 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 132 106 38 82
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 129 126 39 28
PAROXETINE HCL 126 112 40 66
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 126 122 40 249
TRAMADOL HCL 125 111 42 25
LANTUS 123 107 43 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 123 108 43 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 122 122 45 22
CELEBREX 119 105 46 71
ZETIA 114 85 47 52
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 110 98 48 15
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 109 75 R 49 117
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 106 89 50 18
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 105 105 51 147
NEXIUM 103 90 52 33
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 102 85 S2 53 49
PLAVIX 102 97 53 38
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 96 84 55 57
CITALOPRAM HBR 96 82 55 17
VOLTAREN 95 94 57 175
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 95 95 57 85
COMBIVENT 90 78 59 144
NAPROXEN 89 79 60 108
LOVAZA 88 86 61 113
LORAZEPAM 86 78 62 210
CYMBALTA 83 83 63 74
AMOXICILLIN 82 76 64 118
GLIPIZIDE XL 81 81 65 84
LYRICA 79 35 66 135
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 79 62 66 98
INSULIN SYRINGE 76 75 68 102
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 74 69 69 122
SYNTHROID 72 72 70 40
CEPHALEXIN 72 70 70 111
SPIRIVA 70 70 72 48
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 70 67 72 126
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 65 74 72
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 66 66 75 77
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 64 56 76 120
EVISTA 62 53 77 128
AZITHROMYCIN 61 59 78 39
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 50 79 101
HYDRALAZINE HCL 60 60 79 92
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 40 81 46
AMIODARONE HCL 58 58 82 158
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 58 48 82 160
TAMSULOSIN HCL 57 47 84 29
GLIPIZIDE ER 57 46 84 115
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 55 35 86 149
METRONIDAZOLE 55 54 86 429
TRICOR 53 53 88 96
JANUMET 53 38 88 191
SINGULAIR 51 48 90 100
METOLAZONE 51 47 90 173
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. 29, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.