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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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35,064Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 2343

$2.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 2343

1,258 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

11% of this provider’s 1,258 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 1,258 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 22,608 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 1,295 847 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,226 542 S3 2 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,150 803 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 970 666 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 963 562 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 929 623 6 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 825 649 7 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 778 598 8 7
LISINOPRIL 614 464 9 3
METFORMIN HCL 575 316 10 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 499 347 11 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 469 335 12 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 419 240 13 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 385 275 14 22
CRESTOR 384 297 15 30
LEVOFLOXACIN 382 242 16 106
GABAPENTIN 363 177 17 16
CLOPIDOGREL 361 280 18 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 340 225 19 18
RANITIDINE HCL 308 157 20 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 307 242 21 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 305 200 22 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 302 279 23 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 290 170 24 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 259 170 25 32
MELOXICAM 258 174 26 68
AZITHROMYCIN 257 126 27 39
PLAVIX 255 214 28 38
TRAMADOL HCL 232 157 29 25
SPIRIVA 225 106 30 48
ALLOPURINOL 224 188 31 31
RISPERIDONE 222 172 32 61
NEXIUM 214 119 33 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 169 33 11
PROAIR HFA 206 110 35 86
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 201 100 R 36 109
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 198 136 37 58
ATENOLOL 195 151 38 12
JANUVIA 190 96 39 50
SPIRONOLACTONE 187 94 40 65
GLIMEPIRIDE 181 116 41 45
ZETIA 180 82 42 52
LYRICA 178 78 43 135
DIGOXIN 174 135 44 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 174 129 44 15
DIOVAN 171 106 46 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 171 120 46 19
SERTRALINE HCL 170 121 48 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 167 96 49 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 160 103 50 55
RAMIPRIL 157 118 51 90
LANTUS 154 124 52 51
ACTOS 154 105 52 125
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 153 95 54 59
CELEBREX 152 93 55 71
CARVEDILOL 151 106 56 27
BENICAR 150 119 57 93
ROPINIROLE HCL 148 96 58 124
PAROXETINE HCL 147 107 59 66
CYMBALTA 141 78 60 74
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 139 62 S2 61 49
SINGULAIR 138 82 62 100
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 137 61 63 160
TRICOR 136 44 64 96
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 89 64 42
GLIPIZIDE 133 62 66 56
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 130 73 67 54
IBUPROFEN 130 43 67 75
FAMOTIDINE 127 22 69 60
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 127 93 S3 69 112
FENOFIBRATE 119 75 71 94
PREDNISONE 117 95 72 37
JANUMET 116 85 73 191
MIRTAZAPINE 115 94 74 41
MECLIZINE HCL 114 75 75 103
METOLAZONE 112 51 76 173
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 111 60 77 122
SYMBICORT 111 39 77 167
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 108 75 R 79 117
CLONIDINE HCL 108 100 79 70
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 107 63 81 57
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 107 92 81 87
COMBIVENT 106 45 83 144
NAMENDA 106 106 83 36
OXYCONTIN 106 42 S2 83 138
KLOR-CON M20 105 93 86 44
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 103 75 87 77
FENTANYL 103 82 S2 87 69
DEXILANT 102 60 89 184
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 101 51 90 181
TORSEMIDE 100 78 91 157
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 99 87 92 76
BYSTOLIC 99 80 92 123
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 96 32 94 46
BENICAR HCT 95 85 95 156
DIOVAN HCT 94 66 96 63
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 94 48 96 168
SYNTHROID 93 79 98 40
VYTORIN 93 65 98 185
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 92 42 100 284
TRAZODONE HCL 92 40 100 53
INSULIN SYRINGE 91 51 102 102
OXYCODONE HCL 91 44 S2 102 67
VESICARE 90 57 104 145
LOVASTATIN 90 52 104 47
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 33 106 82
LEVETIRACETAM 88 47 107 104
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 88 79 107 85
LIPITOR 87 64 109 78
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 85 60 110 72
DETROL LA 83 69 111 150
FINASTERIDE 83 73 111 80
MEGESTROL ACETATE 82 76 R 113 246
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 80 53 114 152
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 18 S2 114 136
LACTULOSE 78 14 116 139
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 61 117 64
AZOR 74 62 118 262
ENDOCET 74 36 S2 118 97
LUNESTA 74 31 118 389
VENTOLIN HFA 74 54 118 79
KLOR-CON M10 73 61 122 107
QUINAPRIL HCL 73 73 122 73
NYSTATIN 73 47 122 172
WELCHOL 71 35 125 233
TRILIPIX 71 47 125 214
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 71 41 125 223
LIDODERM 69 60 128 130
ONDANSETRON HCL 69 55 128 273
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 68 39 R 130 347
LEVOXYL 68 57 130 237
HUMALOG 68 38 130 131
FLOVENT HFA 68 51 130 213
VERAPAMIL ER 67 57 134 95
PEN NEEDLE 67 30 134 119
LOVAZA 65 58 136 113
AMOXICILLIN 65 37 136 118
OLANZAPINE 65 45 136 121
AMITIZA 65 29 136 304
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 65 41 136 249
BENAZEPRIL HCL 63 56 141 113
ONGLYZA 61 22 142 211
GLIPIZIDE XL 60 41 143 84
FLUCONAZOLE 60 38 143 393
LEXAPRO 58 39 145 178
CARBAMAZEPINE 57 29 146 206
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 55 26 147 180
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 54 45 R 148 154
NOVOLOG 53 28 149 110
CLOZAPINE 53 43 149 245
ENABLEX 52 29 151 319
DILTIAZEM ER 52 37 151 207
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 46 151 83
COUMADIN 52 52 151 216
AGGRENOX 51 46 155 174
SUCRALFATE 51 24 155 248
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 51 0 S2 155 142
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 51 37 155 127
PROPRANOLOL HCL 50 36 159 132
VOLTAREN 50 44 159 175
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. 15, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.