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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,309Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1184 out of 2343

$285K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1295 out of 2343

166 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 166 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 3,611 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
INDAPAMIDE 430 339 10 1 170
LISINOPRIL 339 218 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 255 168 3 1
RANITIDINE HCL 214 170 4 43
OMEPRAZOLE 154 107 5 4
ATENOLOL 153 140 6 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 126 115 7 2
METFORMIN HCL 122 61 8 9
SPIRONOLACTONE 120 96 9 65
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 115 81 10 5
FUROSEMIDE 107 63 11 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 87 11 10
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 102 70 S3 13 112
VENTOLIN HFA 90 70 14 79
METFORMIN HCL ER 86 61 15 88
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 86 81 15 7
LOVASTATIN 81 64 17 47
ALLOPURINOL 73 52 18 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 39 19 46
DIOVAN 69 49 20 23
CARVEDILOL 68 41 21 27
GABAPENTIN 67 32 22 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 64 59 23 19
TRAMADOL HCL 52 29 24 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 34 25 34
FLOVENT HFA 51 33 25 213
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 50 43 27 239
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 21, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.