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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,774Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 1269

$986K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 1269

463 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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 Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 463 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 463 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 19,910 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Maryland
FUROSEMIDE 990 903 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 745 680 2 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 684 644 3 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 583 560 4 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 576 533 S3 5 20
SIMVASTATIN 542 479 6 3
OMEPRAZOLE 528 481 7 8
LISINOPRIL 508 440 8 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 472 472 9 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 461 434 10 12
TRAMADOL HCL 459 414 11 16
GABAPENTIN 459 391 11 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 459 413 11 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 324 290 14 21
SPIRONOLACTONE 287 255 15 77
GLIPIZIDE 284 258 16 37
RISPERIDONE 259 241 17 43
DIGOXIN 255 228 18 62
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 251 245 19 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 243 221 20 13
ATENOLOL 243 231 20 14
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 240 239 22 114
RANITIDINE HCL 228 179 23 27
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 218 216 24 50
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 202 194 25 88
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 200 196 26 58
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 193 167 27 79
SERTRALINE HCL 180 180 28 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 178 164 29 18
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 168 168 30 78
JANTOVEN 166 166 31 52
LANTUS 165 145 32 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 164 155 33 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 161 151 34 7
CLOPIDOGREL 157 131 35 32
NAMENDA 156 156 36 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 155 148 37 31
PROAIR HFA 153 102 38 61
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 147 127 39 11
PRENATAL PLUS 146 146 40 206
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 143 141 41 86
SILVER SULFADIAZINE 137 137 42 289
METFORMIN HCL 136 116 43 9
AZITHROMYCIN 135 127 44 42
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 133 110 S2 45 121
ROPINIROLE HCL 126 125 46 151
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 125 112 S2 47 44
PREDNISONE 125 112 47 45
ALLOPURINOL 122 86 49 49
NOVOLIN R 118 116 50 211
ADVAIR DISKUS 118 94 50 46
FENTANYL 114 109 S2 52 105
HYDROCORTISONE VALERATE 112 93 53 275
DIOVAN 111 99 54 35
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 110 97 55 130
CEPHALEXIN 106 103 56 113
PAROXETINE HCL 105 91 57 71
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 104 104 58 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 103 85 59 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 88 60 10
NOVOLIN 70-30 96 96 61 240
NYSTATIN 96 96 61 119
PLAVIX 95 85 63 47
CARVEDILOL 94 66 64 29
QUINAPRIL HCL 94 89 64 167
PROMETHAZINE HCL 93 89 R 66 149
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 83 67 83
HUMALOG 88 82 68 109
LEVOFLOXACIN 88 84 68 75
LOPERAMIDE 83 83 70 212
PRIMIDONE 80 75 71 209
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 77 59 72 63
SPIRIVA 76 52 73 64
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 74 57 74 140
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 73 71 75 84
TRAZODONE HCL 72 72 76 36
FAMOTIDINE 72 71 76 85
ENDOCET 69 52 S2 78 106
MIRTAZAPINE 69 69 78 24
RAMIPRIL 68 55 80 96
LOVASTATIN 67 55 81 30
QVAR 66 65 82 260
NOVOLOG 63 62 83 82
SINGULAIR 62 48 84 123
CRESTOR 60 37 85 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 59 85 40
GLIMEPIRIDE 60 53 85 57
LEVETIRACETAM 59 53 88 55
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 57 46 89 155
LIDODERM 56 56 90 56
LEXAPRO 55 55 91 174
INSULIN SYRINGE 55 42 91 87
DILANTIN 54 54 93 184
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 53 51 94 190
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 53 49 94 110
ERYTHROMYCIN 51 49 96 312
KLOR-CON M20 50 47 97 60
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 10, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.