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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,060Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 1269

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 1269

745 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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 Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 745 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 745 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 21,639 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Maryland
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,471 1,296 1 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,143 1,070 2 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,036 782 S3 3 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 871 727 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 804 744 5 5
SIMVASTATIN 762 628 6 3
OMEPRAZOLE 658 577 7 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 642 568 8 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 519 493 9 12
ATENOLOL 468 402 10 14
LISINOPRIL 442 413 11 1
DIGOXIN 367 353 12 62
DONEPEZIL HCL 323 323 13 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 309 264 14 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 287 276 15 21
JANTOVEN 279 270 16 52
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 271 220 17 13
LANTUS 263 248 18 39
RISPERIDONE 259 240 19 43
PREDNISONE 254 206 20 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 246 199 21 18
TRAMADOL HCL 242 204 22 16
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 240 222 S2 23 44
METFORMIN HCL 218 181 24 9
GABAPENTIN 215 173 25 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 205 145 26 19
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 205 205 26 114
SERTRALINE HCL 198 173 28 23
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 190 190 29 58
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 166 30 10
LEVOFLOXACIN 188 164 30 75
CEPHALEXIN 185 171 32 113
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 173 160 33 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 171 126 34 31
NOVOLOG 168 164 35 82
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 164 127 36 79
DIOVAN 164 159 36 35
GLIMEPIRIDE 160 126 38 57
NEXIUM 160 123 38 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 149 132 40 63
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 148 144 41 53
NAMENDA 146 146 42 38
NOVOLIN N 141 113 43 124
CRESTOR 134 108 44 25
RAMIPRIL 134 108 44 96
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 129 128 46 88
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 126 124 47 28
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 126 105 47 50
BENAZEPRIL HCL 125 125 49 156
LOVASTATIN 125 108 49 30
CEFUROXIME 121 105 51 171
ADVAIR DISKUS 117 98 52 46
CLOPIDOGREL 115 88 53 32
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 115 105 53 140
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 115 99 53 86
INSULIN SYRINGE 109 88 56 87
MIRTAZAPINE 108 103 57 24
FAMOTIDINE 105 92 58 85
KLOR-CON M20 105 80 58 60
PAROXETINE HCL 98 65 60 71
GLIPIZIDE XL 94 82 61 125
SPIRONOLACTONE 92 92 62 77
NAPROXEN 91 73 63 107
CARVEDILOL 87 80 64 29
GLIPIZIDE 85 85 65 37
TERAZOSIN HCL 84 83 66 111
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 84 69 66 11
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 75 68 83
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 80 56 69 81
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 80 80 69 127
PLAVIX 80 65 69 47
SYNTHROID 78 54 72 72
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 71 72 66
ENULOSE 77 77 74 286
ALLOPURINOL 76 76 75 49
LOPERAMIDE 76 75 75 212
GLYBURIDE 76 73 R 75 94
AMIODARONE HCL 74 71 78 166
SEROQUEL 74 64 78 104
AZITHROMYCIN 71 59 80 42
CELEBREX 70 30 81 95
LIPITOR 70 46 81 91
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 67 62 83 175
AMOXICILLIN 67 55 83 129
LACTULOSE 67 53 83 67
GLIPIZIDE ER 66 53 86 102
CLONIDINE HCL 65 61 87 51
HUMALOG 62 47 88 109
SPIRIVA 61 56 89 64
LEVETIRACETAM 61 55 89 55
NITROSTAT 60 54 91 191
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 55 55 92 78
LANSOPRAZOLE 55 43 92 120
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 54 44 94 197
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 54 50 94 317
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 34 94 144
PEN NEEDLE 53 33 97 215
FELODIPINE ER 52 52 98 223
DILANTIN 52 52 98 184
RANITIDINE HCL 52 42 98 27
LEXAPRO 50 46 101 174
PROMETHAZINE HCL 50 44 R 101 149
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 Sept. 20, 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.