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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,711Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 1269

$1.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 1269

545 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

11% of this provider’s 545 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 545 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 17,869 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 859 781 1 2
LISINOPRIL 670 592 2 1
MIRTAZAPINE 576 521 3 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 504 493 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 487 471 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 477 449 6 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 436 353 7 12
FUROSEMIDE 423 407 8 5
RANITIDINE HCL 409 403 9 27
OMEPRAZOLE 404 300 10 8
GABAPENTIN 399 309 11 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 379 379 12 22
TRAZODONE HCL 370 325 13 36
LOVASTATIN 305 273 14 30
JANTOVEN 288 261 15 52
LEVETIRACETAM 250 211 16 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 244 241 17 13
SERTRALINE HCL 239 204 18 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 226 223 19 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 220 178 20 21
CARVEDILOL 219 205 21 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 206 176 22 18
CLONIDINE HCL 201 166 23 51
HYDRALAZINE HCL 194 155 24 48
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 188 168 25 15
NAMENDA 184 184 26 38
KLOR-CON M20 184 134 26 60
HEPARIN SODIUM 181 105 28 132
ATENOLOL 180 159 29 14
METFORMIN HCL 180 147 29 9
LACTULOSE 176 139 31 67
CLOPIDOGREL 176 163 31 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 174 147 33 26
LIDODERM 158 153 34 56
RISPERIDONE 157 120 35 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 157 157 35 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152 144 37 10
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 152 127 37 63
CYMBALTA 151 104 39 70
TRAMADOL HCL 150 138 40 16
LANTUS 148 133 41 39
NOVOLOG 145 116 42 82
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 144 129 43 7
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 133 115 44 54
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 126 114 45 53
LEVEMIR 126 96 45 201
ALLOPURINOL 119 96 47 49
SANTYL 118 82 48 101
PLAVIX 117 108 49 47
DIGOXIN 115 113 50 62
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 115 115 50 28
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 110 68 52 50
LEVOFLOXACIN 109 89 53 75
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 66 S2 54 44
PREDNISONE 101 76 55 45
FINASTERIDE 93 93 56 112
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 92 89 57 78
KLOR-CON M10 89 84 58 139
LATANOPROST 88 88 59 143
FAMOTIDINE 87 85 60 85
BACLOFEN 87 35 60 103
GLIPIZIDE 86 86 62 37
CRESTOR 81 78 63 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 76 64 46
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 38 65 155
CALCIUM ACETATE 73 58 65 246
SPIRIVA 72 63 67 64
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 71 58 68 84
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 54 69 40
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 65 49 70 110
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65 61 70 19
RENVELA 63 35 72 221
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 46 72 66
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 58 74 131
ABILIFY 61 36 75 169
BUPROPION HCL SR 60 38 76 357
SEROQUEL 60 58 76 104
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 60 58 76 114
DIOVAN 59 59 79 35
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 59 59 79 58
AZITHROMYCIN 58 45 81 42
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 57 82 83
NOVOLIN R 57 52 82 211
NEXIUM 56 46 84 41
OLANZAPINE 56 51 84 89
IBUPROFEN 55 34 86 73
SUCRALFATE 55 40 86 272
PAROXETINE HCL 55 53 86 71
GLIMEPIRIDE 55 51 86 57
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 54 49 90 86
RESTASIS 53 36 91 241
VALPROIC ACID 53 29 91 189
METFORMIN HCL ER 50 35 93 80
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 June 14, 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.