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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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45,691Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 817

$2.88M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 817

1,042 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

6% of this provider’s 1,042 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 1,042 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 39,210 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $89 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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 1,721 1,491 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 1,391 1,152 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 1,329 1,139 3 8
LISINOPRIL 1,158 987 4 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,155 1,049 5 5
METFORMIN HCL 1,103 937 6 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 999 837 7 19
SIMVASTATIN 997 837 8 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 806 722 9 6
JANTOVEN 765 765 10 111
WARFARIN SODIUM 737 655 11 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 687 605 12 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 679 561 13 16
CARVEDILOL 656 584 14 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 652 617 15 20
NAMENDA 619 599 16 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 574 521 17 15
GABAPENTIN 570 457 18 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 547 494 19 18
CRESTOR 523 420 20 56
ATENOLOL 496 394 21 14
DIOVAN 495 454 22 28
TRAMADOL HCL 489 422 23 23
DIGOXIN 453 445 24 37
RANITIDINE HCL 436 358 25 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 433 373 26 11
SERTRALINE HCL 432 347 27 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 379 359 28 38
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 367 297 S3 29 7
PREDNISONE 359 320 30 17
CLOPIDOGREL 357 320 31 27
KLOR-CON M20 331 290 32 61
MIRTAZAPINE 326 320 33 40
PAROXETINE HCL 317 263 34 94
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 312 278 35 9
GLYBURIDE 295 260 R 36 89
PLAVIX 294 276 37 44
ALLOPURINOL 280 186 38 50
MELOXICAM 280 201 38 60
SPIRIVA 278 231 40 35
BENICAR 270 236 41 127
ZETIA 266 203 42 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 258 222 43 26
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 257 204 44 69
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 250 225 45 29
GLIPIZIDE 248 211 46 84
LANTUS 244 203 47 64
JANUVIA 226 182 48 66
NEXIUM 216 182 49 57
ADVAIR DISKUS 215 179 50 32
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 207 187 51 158
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 202 170 52 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 202 177 52 83
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 186 160 54 74
CELEBREX 182 143 55 65
NOVOLOG 181 156 56 148
BUPROPION HCL SR 180 148 57 124
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 174 149 58 185
EXELON 173 172 59 123
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 171 171 60 62
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 170 150 61 210
SPIRONOLACTONE 166 150 62 80
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 163 140 63 86
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 162 132 64 48
CYMBALTA 159 123 65 75
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 153 121 66 104
EVISTA 150 143 67 129
SYNTHROID 146 130 68 36
VERAPAMIL ER 146 146 68 150
PROCRIT 145 133 70 346
HYDRALAZINE HCL 144 144 71 133
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 143 143 72 52
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 139 129 73 214
MICARDIS 138 138 74 347
LANSOPRAZOLE 138 101 74 184
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 137 132 76 30
TRAZODONE HCL 136 103 77 41
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 135 135 78 264
FENTANYL 133 113 S2 79 58
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 125 115 80 208
ONGLYZA 120 113 81 413
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 119 106 82 39
LYRICA 119 87 82 112
LEVETIRACETAM 118 52 84 68
PRADAXA 117 113 85 115
TRICOR 114 79 86 110
DIOVAN HCT 114 108 86 95
GEMFIBROZIL 114 103 86 175
FLUOXETINE HCL 113 84 89 87
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 113 110 89 306
CEPHALEXIN 112 101 91 102
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 112 94 R 91 76
LACTULOSE 109 44 93 252
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 109 70 93 85
QUINAPRIL HCL 108 105 95 72
FELODIPINE ER 105 102 96 171
RISPERIDONE 105 104 96 51
PEN NEEDLE 104 75 98 105
INSULIN SYRINGE 103 77 99 135
BYSTOLIC 102 95 100 179
FENOFIBRATE 101 71 101 109
FAMOTIDINE 101 88 101 71
DETROL LA 100 87 103 113
NATEGLINIDE 99 94 104 439
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 98 86 105 59
AMIODARONE HCL 93 91 106 165
HEPARIN SODIUM 92 41 107 334
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 92 91 107 333
BENAZEPRIL HCL 91 84 109 273
TERAZOSIN HCL 91 86 109 172
FOLIC ACID 90 84 111 443
LEVOFLOXACIN 90 78 111 224
NOVOLIN N 89 67 113 445
OLANZAPINE 87 83 114 101
SEROQUEL 86 86 115 181
VENTOLIN HFA 85 35 116 78
NIASPAN 85 38 116 192
METOLAZONE 82 81 118 220
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 82 60 R 118 139
SINGULAIR 82 65 118 100
DALIRESP 82 73 118 394
PROPRANOLOL HCL 81 50 122 186
LOVAZA 81 54 122 203
BACLOFEN 80 0 124 103
NYSTATIN 80 65 124 315
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 79 73 126 168
AZITHROMYCIN 78 55 127 53
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 74 63 128 401
TRILIPIX 73 69 129 307
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 72 67 130 79
LOVASTATIN 72 60 130 121
KLOR-CON M10 71 61 132 163
NYSTOP 70 56 133 350
CLONIDINE HCL 70 59 133 131
LEVEMIR 70 57 133 374
HYDROXYZINE HCL 69 68 R 136 468
GLIMEPIRIDE 67 62 137 88
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 64 S2 138 46
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 65 48 139 232
PROAIR HFA 65 29 139 137
VENLAFAXINE HCL 64 42 141 476
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 63 61 142 120
VANCOMYCIN HCL 63 58 142 312
WELCHOL 63 49 142 368
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 62 50 145 91
AMANTADINE 62 50 145 287
TOVIAZ 62 50 145 258
PRANDIN 61 48 148 159
NOVOLIN 70-30 61 61 148 317
TOPIRAMATE 60 48 150 81
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 60 53 R 150 253
ABILIFY 60 40 150 114
BUSPIRONE HCL 59 43 153 178
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 59 153 108
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 57 153 107
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 59 47 153 189
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 58 49 157 119
AGGRENOX 57 47 158 354
ENABLEX 57 57 158 155
NOVOLIN R 57 45 158 334
ONDANSETRON HCL 56 36 161 326
FINASTERIDE 56 55 161 25
ACARBOSE 56 46 161 367
CARAFATE 56 56 161 427
GLIPIZIDE XL 56 45 161 221
EXFORGE 55 52 166 223
NAPROXEN 55 29 166 156
VITAMIN D2 54 47 168 495
KLOR-CON 8 54 54 168 376
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 54 53 R 168 117
SEROQUEL XR 53 53 171 344
CALCITONIN-SALMON 53 53 171 278
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 52 44 173 142
ACTONEL 52 50 173 237
DEXILANT 51 23 175 242
LEXAPRO 50 48 176 294
TEKTURNA 50 44 176 379
NITROSTAT 50 43 176 183
KLOR-CON 10 50 42 176 187
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 May 5, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.