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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,341Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 2343

$1.92M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 2343

1,343 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

7% of this provider’s 1,343 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 1,343 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 29,435 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

26 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 1,698 1,484 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,320 1,037 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,127 961 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,053 939 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 886 757 S3 5 13
LISINOPRIL 824 707 6 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 683 628 7 8
GABAPENTIN 681 557 8 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 656 524 9 42
METFORMIN HCL 603 532 10 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 569 485 11 15
FUROSEMIDE 559 496 12 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 518 459 13 10
DIGOXIN 498 459 14 35
CARVEDILOL 498 442 14 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 485 428 16 7
SPIRIVA 469 375 17 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 401 322 18 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 395 356 19 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 377 323 20 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 372 304 21 34
TRAMADOL HCL 370 269 22 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 351 289 23 22
VENTOLIN HFA 347 251 24 79
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 346 338 25 14
TRAZODONE HCL 345 303 26 53
ATENOLOL 343 306 27 12
PREDNISONE 332 257 28 37
MIRTAZAPINE 327 293 29 41
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 323 281 30 64
FAMOTIDINE 298 237 31 60
GLIPIZIDE XL 297 267 32 84
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 269 250 33 19
BUMETANIDE 262 244 34 91
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 256 223 35 98
TAMSULOSIN HCL 249 219 36 29
FENOFIBRATE 219 151 37 94
GLIPIZIDE ER 214 199 38 115
PROAIR HFA 211 149 39 86
AZITHROMYCIN 210 153 40 39
EVISTA 209 203 41 128
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 197 182 42 11
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 196 194 43 151
LANTUS 191 159 44 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 191 153 44 46
ALLOPURINOL 189 164 46 31
IBUPROFEN 183 110 47 75
LABETALOL HCL 182 160 48 153
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 181 159 49 54
XARELTO 179 172 50 368
FENTANYL 179 166 S2 50 69
DONEPEZIL HCL 178 178 52 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 176 170 53 28
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 174 121 R 54 154
SERTRALINE HCL 174 136 54 20
NEXIUM 169 155 56 33
BENICAR HCT 164 158 57 156
EXFORGE HCT 163 163 58 381
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 158 150 S2 59 49
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 156 146 60 77
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 147 118 61 137
RANITIDINE HCL 133 99 62 43
SYNTHROID 133 133 62 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 133 123 62 32
LEVETIRACETAM 131 127 65 104
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 127 120 66 149
NAMENDA 126 126 67 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 124 106 68 59
FLUOXETINE HCL 119 80 69 82
BUPROPION HCL SR 118 110 70 221
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 117 95 71 101
DIOVAN 116 109 72 23
CRESTOR 114 112 73 30
INDAPAMIDE 109 90 74 170
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 109 97 74 244
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 107 77 76 18
INSULIN SYRINGE 106 83 77 102
TRICOR 105 87 78 96
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 104 104 79 85
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 100 88 80 187
GLYBURIDE 97 88 R 81 62
CLOPIDOGREL 96 88 82 26
PEN NEEDLE 95 83 83 119
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 94 79 84 76
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 91 70 S3 85 112
CYMBALTA 90 86 86 74
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 90 73 86 72
LOVASTATIN 88 75 88 47
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 88 63 88 152
PRADAXA 86 82 90 188
CLONIDINE HCL 85 74 91 70
LYRICA 85 80 91 135
MELOXICAM 85 77 91 68
ZETIA 85 85 91 52
OXYCODONE HCL 83 75 S2 95 67
LIPITOR 82 70 96 78
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 81 72 97 127
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 80 75 98 247
METFORMIN HCL ER 78 59 99 88
AMOXICILLIN 77 50 100 118
DIOVAN HCT 77 69 100 63
CELEBREX 76 58 102 71
MECLIZINE HCL 74 63 103 103
TRIBENZOR 73 62 104 476
EXELON 73 73 104 129
BUPROPION HCL 71 71 106 403
PLAVIX 71 65 106 38
FONDAPARINUX SODIUM 70 20 108 515
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 69 61 109 180
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 54 110 83
NADOLOL 68 55 110 297
SYMBICORT 67 59 112 167
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66 60 113 87
CEFDINIR 66 58 113 480
VERAPAMIL ER 63 41 115 95
DETROL LA 63 63 115 150
PRIMIDONE 62 62 117 318
PAROXETINE HCL 60 40 118 66
SEROQUEL 59 51 119 171
LACTULOSE 58 55 120 139
GLIPIZIDE 56 44 121 56
BENICAR 54 50 122 93
KLOR-CON M20 54 42 122 44
NITROSTAT 54 50 122 164
LEVOXYL 53 53 125 237
PRANDIN 53 46 125 140
JANUVIA 53 53 125 50
NOVOLOG 53 51 125 110
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 52 41 129 287
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 48 130 120
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 50 50 131 239
BACLOFEN 50 19 131 161
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 Aug. 21, 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.