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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,289Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 127 out of 2343

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 109 out of 2343

438 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

11% of this provider’s 438 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 438 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,441 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 840 773 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 571 553 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 540 496 3 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 540 508 3 7
LISINOPRIL 430 387 5 3
SIMVASTATIN 389 340 6 1
MIRTAZAPINE 373 365 7 41
WARFARIN SODIUM 342 337 8 8
GABAPENTIN 341 296 9 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 317 307 10 21
SERTRALINE HCL 313 257 11 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 308 275 12 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 263 248 S3 13 13
RISPERIDONE 252 250 14 61
METFORMIN HCL 250 183 15 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 246 223 16 17
LANTUS 230 193 17 51
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 221 208 18 105
FAMOTIDINE 216 204 19 60
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 205 185 20 77
AZITHROMYCIN 184 175 21 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 181 160 22 11
NAMENDA 165 165 23 36
TRAMADOL HCL 162 158 24 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 162 136 24 34
TRAZODONE HCL 161 119 26 53
ALLOPURINOL 154 135 27 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 153 134 28 14
SPIRIVA 145 135 29 48
SEROQUEL 140 128 30 171
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 137 117 31 22
DIOVAN 137 123 31 23
ABILIFY 136 134 33 159
GLIPIZIDE 135 116 34 56
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 131 119 35 15
DIGOXIN 126 126 36 35
PREDNISONE 124 120 37 37
OLANZAPINE 122 104 38 121
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 119 100 39 24
CYMBALTA 119 95 39 74
NYSTOP 119 112 39 196
LEVETIRACETAM 119 87 39 104
NOVOLOG 112 92 43 110
LEVOFLOXACIN 102 98 44 106
LIDODERM 101 100 45 130
KLOR-CON M20 99 98 46 44
NYSTATIN 96 89 47 172
CARVEDILOL 94 90 48 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 92 76 49 18
SINGULAIR 90 75 50 100
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 88 86 51 99
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 83 53 52 168
JANUVIA 83 83 52 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 74 54 72
SYNTHROID 80 77 54 40
SPIRONOLACTONE 79 75 56 65
CEPHALEXIN 78 77 57 111
NEXIUM 77 70 58 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 73 67 59 10
LATANOPROST 71 71 60 200
CLOPIDOGREL 70 70 61 26
SAPHRIS 70 70 61 515
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 64 63 28
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 66 65 64 244
BACLOFEN 66 37 64 161
PLAVIX 64 62 66 38
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 62 48 R 67 224
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 58 42 68 19
GLYBURIDE 58 56 R 68 62
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 58 56 68 137
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 57 57 71 76
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 56 56 72 356
TORSEMIDE 55 55 73 157
TAMSULOSIN HCL 54 42 74 29
ATENOLOL 51 50 75 12
DILTIAZEM HCL 50 50 76 276
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 Sept. 27, 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.