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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,064Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 2343

$1.77M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 2343

663 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

14% of this provider’s 663 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 663 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 24,823 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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 1,170 1,062 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 1,164 992 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,106 904 3 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 976 853 4 7
FUROSEMIDE 907 822 5 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 732 639 6 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 683 577 7 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 524 500 8 5
LISINOPRIL 467 358 9 3
METFORMIN HCL 446 378 10 9
CLOPIDOGREL 429 393 11 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 346 316 12 18
CRESTOR 337 272 13 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 323 298 14 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 319 273 15 11
PLAVIX 307 281 16 38
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 303 256 S3 17 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 298 268 18 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 297 252 19 8
ATENOLOL 291 255 20 12
JANTOVEN 290 263 21 81
LIPITOR 275 254 22 78
CITALOPRAM HBR 273 228 23 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 264 264 24 21
NAMENDA 253 253 25 36
NEXIUM 250 210 26 33
FENTANYL 249 212 S2 27 69
TRAMADOL HCL 247 204 28 25
GABAPENTIN 239 162 29 16
SERTRALINE HCL 216 187 30 20
KLOR-CON M20 211 185 31 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 211 151 31 24
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 210 159 S2 33 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 208 189 34 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 206 172 35 34
DIGOXIN 201 176 36 35
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 201 190 36 127
PREDNISONE 190 166 38 37
LOVASTATIN 187 187 39 47
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 185 181 40 54
DIOVAN 181 158 41 23
LYRICA 169 132 42 135
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 164 154 43 55
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 163 91 44 87
RISPERIDONE 157 154 45 61
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 126 45 29
FAMOTIDINE 148 125 47 60
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 147 118 48 15
SPIRIVA 145 114 49 48
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 121 49 42
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 142 135 51 85
PAROXETINE HCL 139 103 52 66
CELEBREX 139 131 52 71
DIOVAN HCT 137 137 54 63
MIRTAZAPINE 137 100 54 41
TRAZODONE HCL 131 101 56 53
GLIPIZIDE 129 125 57 56
CARVEDILOL 127 127 58 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 126 99 59 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 124 111 60 19
PREMARIN 124 113 R 60 286
ZETIA 124 108 60 52
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 123 63 R 63 109
ABILIFY 119 63 64 159
GLIPIZIDE XL 116 116 65 84
AZITHROMYCIN 115 100 66 39
CYMBALTA 113 102 67 74
PROAIR HFA 111 74 68 86
PEN NEEDLE 111 85 68 119
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 111 96 68 57
BYSTOLIC 109 109 71 123
LANTUS 108 93 72 51
BUMETANIDE 101 90 73 91
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 101 101 73 147
SINGULAIR 97 66 75 100
EXELON 96 94 76 129
ALLOPURINOL 96 73 76 31
GLIPIZIDE ER 96 87 76 115
NAPROXEN 94 47 79 108
OXYCODONE HCL 94 62 S2 79 67
INSULIN SYRINGE 93 82 81 102
KLOR-CON 10 90 77 82 134
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 87 60 83 187
AMOXICILLIN 83 70 84 118
MECLIZINE HCL 83 80 84 103
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 82 82 86 76
ACTOS 82 71 86 125
SYMBICORT 82 55 86 167
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 51 89 82
KLOR-CON M10 78 70 90 107
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 77 66 91 101
BENICAR 76 70 92 93
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 67 93 64
VESICARE 74 69 94 145
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 74 62 94 137
GLIMEPIRIDE 74 65 94 45
JANUVIA 73 55 97 50
TRICOR 71 60 98 96
ACTONEL 69 69 99 182
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 68 35 100 212
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 68 56 100 77
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 63 102 124
MELOXICAM 67 52 102 68
VERAPAMIL ER 67 41 102 95
LEVOFLOXACIN 67 52 102 106
OLANZAPINE 65 60 106 121
RANITIDINE HCL 63 44 107 43
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 47 107 72
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 63 63 107 288
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 49 110 120
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 62 39 110 181
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 62 62 110 152
LORAZEPAM 61 49 113 210
IBUPROFEN 60 56 114 75
BENICAR HCT 60 60 114 156
ENABLEX 60 60 114 319
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 59 57 117 99
DILTIAZEM ER 59 59 117 207
GLYBURIDE 58 54 R 119 62
FENOFIBRATE 57 50 120 94
CEPHALEXIN 57 43 120 111
AMIODARONE HCL 56 55 122 158
NITROSTAT 56 45 122 164
LEXAPRO 56 55 122 178
LANSOPRAZOLE 55 46 125 162
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 28 126 65
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 53 40 R 126 154
CLONIDINE HCL 53 52 126 70
METHIMAZOLE 52 51 129 324
METFORMIN HCL ER 51 51 130 88
BONIVA 51 51 130 332
VENLAFAXINE HCL 50 39 132 252
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 22, 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.