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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,762Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 272 out of 2061

$732K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 313 out of 2061

430 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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 Ohio
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 430 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 430 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,766 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 Ohio
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 546 461 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 416 222 S3 2 10
SIMVASTATIN 388 314 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 377 220 4 5
LISINOPRIL 368 247 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 239 160 6 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 213 156 7 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 204 123 8 23
METFORMIN HCL 200 167 9 9
GABAPENTIN 197 108 10 15
ATENOLOL 188 162 11 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 187 138 12 16
AZITHROMYCIN 170 111 13 34
MELOXICAM 164 99 14 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 162 130 15 19
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 154 69 S2 16 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 154 113 16 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 152 131 18 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 152 131 18 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 146 74 20 11
TRAMADOL HCL 136 71 21 18
CLOPIDOGREL 133 92 22 29
CARISOPRODOL 128 27 R 23 156
OXYCODONE HCL 126 43 S2 24 82
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 123 99 25 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 108 25 12
SERTRALINE HCL 120 100 27 21
PLAVIX 111 80 28 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 109 90 29 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 61 30 45
NEXIUM 98 64 31 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 94 79 32 4
IBUPROFEN 90 59 33 90
ROPINIROLE HCL 79 71 34 92
ALPRAZOLAM 77 43 35 85
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 76 45 36 77
CITALOPRAM HBR 76 51 36 20
NAMENDA 74 52 38 37
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 43 39 62
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 70 19 S2 40 166
ALLOPURINOL 69 49 41 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 55 41 27
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 68 49 43 108
ONGLYZA 66 52 44 204
JANUVIA 65 65 45 51
RANITIDINE HCL 65 49 45 53
SYNTHROID 62 50 47 58
SINGULAIR 62 17 47 88
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 22 49 118
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 57 50 30
LOVASTATIN 57 42 51 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 57 57 51 14
ZETIA 56 50 53 68
BUMETANIDE 55 30 54 136
GLYBURIDE 55 51 R 54 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 37 56 57
CARVEDILOL 54 43 56 22
LORAZEPAM 54 35 56 96
LYRICA 51 30 59 83
LANTUS 51 32 59 48
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 32 61 54
CELEBREX 50 39 61 91
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 37 61 121
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 18, 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.