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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,778Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 97 out of 2343

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 67 out of 2343

731 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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

10% of this provider’s 731 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 731 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 17,526 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

$62 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 636 605 1 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 619 585 2 15
FUROSEMIDE 559 549 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 546 527 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 520 496 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 436 405 6 7
LISINOPRIL 404 377 7 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 399 368 8 19
OMEPRAZOLE 396 377 9 4
SERTRALINE HCL 321 319 10 20
MIRTAZAPINE 315 304 11 41
WARFARIN SODIUM 312 308 12 8
METFORMIN HCL 303 293 13 9
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 295 293 14 54
TRAZODONE HCL 245 212 15 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 239 207 16 10
GABAPENTIN 239 232 16 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 235 230 18 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 225 220 19 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 217 217 20 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 206 206 21 29
CARVEDILOL 201 187 22 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 196 181 23 22
NAMENDA 179 179 24 36
CRESTOR 174 172 25 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 170 137 S2 26 49
TRAMADOL HCL 165 154 27 25
PREDNISONE 162 157 28 37
FENTANYL 147 116 S2 29 69
SYNTHROID 141 125 30 40
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 139 119 S3 31 13
ATENOLOL 137 129 32 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 136 121 33 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 128 34 64
DIOVAN 131 131 34 23
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 128 104 36 55
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 107 37 11
LEVOFLOXACIN 122 117 38 106
NEXIUM 115 94 39 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 114 99 40 24
RANITIDINE HCL 111 111 41 43
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 111 107 41 72
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 111 93 41 46
KLOR-CON M20 108 105 44 44
ALLOPURINOL 108 90 44 31
MELOXICAM 106 103 46 68
RISPERIDONE 102 102 47 61
CITALOPRAM HBR 102 92 47 17
AZITHROMYCIN 101 99 49 39
SPIRIVA 101 100 49 48
BUSPIRONE HCL 96 96 51 146
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 96 79 51 187
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 96 88 51 59
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 82 54 42
CLOPIDOGREL 95 86 54 26
CEPHALEXIN 94 91 56 111
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 91 72 57 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 84 84 58 18
LEVETIRACETAM 83 70 59 104
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 82 79 60 212
FINASTERIDE 81 81 61 80
MECLIZINE HCL 79 77 62 103
DIGOXIN 76 76 63 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 68 64 28
ZETIA 74 62 64 52
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 73 65 66 218
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 72 46 S2 67 142
PROAIR HFA 72 61 67 86
PLAVIX 71 66 69 38
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 71 71 69 203
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 68 71 82
LOVASTATIN 69 69 71 47
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 68 68 73 105
BUPROPION XL 68 57 73 274
CYMBALTA 67 58 75 74
OXYCONTIN 65 52 S2 76 138
CEFUROXIME 64 55 77 193
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 64 63 77 137
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 63 63 79 147
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 61 61 80 149
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 43 81 65
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 60 60 81 126
FAMOTIDINE 59 59 83 60
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 58 56 84 77
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 56 52 85 122
LEVEMIR 55 55 86 250
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 55 54 S3 86 112
RAMIPRIL 54 54 88 90
AMOXICILLIN 54 50 88 118
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 39 90 113
PAROXETINE HCL 53 44 90 66
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 36 S2 90 136
LANTUS 52 44 93 51
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 Nov. 14, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.