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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Adult Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,232Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 47

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 47

744 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 744 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 744 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,267 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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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 724 635 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 684 611 2 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 568 518 3 11
OMEPRAZOLE 533 417 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 513 478 5 7
LISINOPRIL 497 410 6 2
METFORMIN HCL 495 403 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 403 350 8 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 377 366 9 6
TRAZODONE HCL 328 298 10 48
CRESTOR 317 276 11 17
NAMENDA 300 300 12 44
EXELON 263 263 13 112
DONEPEZIL HCL 256 256 14 31
MIRTAZAPINE 254 251 15 59
TRAMADOL HCL 248 180 16 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 236 200 17 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 233 201 18 10
DIOVAN 229 213 19 23
CARVEDILOL 211 177 20 27
SERTRALINE HCL 209 167 21 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 207 192 22 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 198 181 23 24
SPIRIVA 197 152 24 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 190 178 25 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 187 162 26 13
CLOPIDOGREL 175 140 27 29
NEXIUM 165 144 28 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 155 147 29 81
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 153 132 30 34
ATENOLOL 152 147 31 12
SYNTHROID 147 133 32 39
KLOR-CON M20 142 128 33 69
AZITHROMYCIN 140 102 34 47
LANTUS 140 116 34 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 132 84 36 40
GABAPENTIN 127 80 37 15
FAMOTIDINE 127 108 37 46
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 122 118 39 70
LEVETIRACETAM 117 97 40 136
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 58 41 16
LYRICA 113 92 42 80
DIGOXIN 112 99 43 61
LOVAZA 111 83 44 45
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 108 66 S3 45 9
ALLOPURINOL 105 99 46 36
RANITIDINE HCL 105 51 46 26
MELOXICAM 102 80 48 68
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 99 91 49 126
PREDNISONE 97 73 50 71
PLAVIX 96 84 51 49
TRILIPIX 94 87 52 107
LEXAPRO 94 91 52 119
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 91 91 54 32
SINGULAIR 91 67 54 58
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 87 80 R 56 128
GLIMEPIRIDE 86 62 57 53
NIASPAN 86 68 57 73
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 86 83 57 191
LEVOFLOXACIN 85 77 60 157
LIPITOR 84 84 61 77
CYMBALTA 83 48 62 96
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 82 79 63 165
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 82 62 63 92
DIOVAN HCT 81 52 65 50
BYSTOLIC 81 59 65 83
LOVASTATIN 80 80 67 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 70 68 21
IBUPROFEN 77 48 69 35
ONGLYZA 75 64 70 151
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 66 70 90
SPIRONOLACTONE 75 68 70 90
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 74 50 73 119
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 73 71 74 65
FINASTERIDE 73 73 74 106
DEXILANT 71 59 76 86
VENTOLIN HFA 71 22 76 43
CELEBREX 71 66 76 101
FENTANYL 70 56 S2 79 88
GLIPIZIDE 69 67 80 78
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 69 63 80 14
SYMBICORT 68 57 82 144
FLUOXETINE HCL 66 57 83 76
BENICAR 65 64 84 97
AZOR 64 52 85 219
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 47 86 25
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 42 87 176
RAMIPRIL 59 46 88 132
AMIODARONE HCL 59 47 88 175
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 38 90 101
AVODART 56 56 90 163
TRAVATAN Z 54 54 92 239
HUMALOG 54 42 92 152
LANSOPRAZOLE 54 54 92 154
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 41 95 124
LACTULOSE 53 52 95 182
NIFEDIPINE ER 52 32 97 99
NYSTATIN 52 49 97 179
PRADAXA 52 52 97 242
RISPERIDONE 52 52 97 82
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51 36 101 100
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 35 102 55
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 Feb. 23, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.