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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,111Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 2343

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 2343

683 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

8% of this provider’s 683 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 683 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 23,690 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

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
JANTOVEN 1,023 1,023 1 81
FUROSEMIDE 975 961 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 940 924 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 901 888 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 793 776 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 776 762 6 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 582 567 7 14
LISINOPRIL 504 491 8 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 483 480 9 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 480 480 10 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 479 473 11 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 421 417 12 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 384 372 13 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 373 363 14 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 346 327 15 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 345 335 16 8
MIRTAZAPINE 305 294 17 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 276 258 18 19
METFORMIN HCL 248 241 19 9
ATENOLOL 240 228 20 12
BENICAR 229 221 21 93
SERTRALINE HCL 222 210 22 20
GABAPENTIN 215 214 23 16
LACTULOSE 212 209 24 139
CRESTOR 208 208 25 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 206 206 26 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 202 202 27 28
NAMENDA 196 193 28 36
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 194 193 29 24
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 191 191 30 54
CARVEDILOL 166 164 31 27
ALLOPURINOL 165 165 32 31
PAROXETINE HCL 164 163 33 66
TAMSULOSIN HCL 158 158 34 29
RISPERIDONE 155 155 35 61
TRAMADOL HCL 148 147 36 25
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 145 141 37 85
DIOVAN 144 144 38 23
DIGOXIN 142 142 39 35
EXELON 139 139 40 129
MELOXICAM 137 137 41 68
AMIODARONE HCL 136 136 42 158
JANUVIA 135 130 43 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 133 133 44 55
FENTANYL 133 133 S2 44 69
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 131 131 S3 46 13
ACTONEL 131 131 46 182
PREDNISONE 130 128 48 37
LIPITOR 128 127 49 78
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 126 124 50 72
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 123 115 51 98
HYDRALAZINE HCL 123 123 51 92
CLOPIDOGREL 121 115 53 26
GLIPIZIDE XL 119 111 54 84
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 116 116 55 77
SPIRIVA 116 115 55 48
LANTUS 115 115 57 51
DETROL LA 114 114 58 150
PLAVIX 113 107 59 38
TRAZODONE HCL 113 112 59 53
RAMIPRIL 112 107 61 90
ADVAIR DISKUS 108 108 62 34
AZITHROMYCIN 97 94 63 39
SPIRONOLACTONE 96 96 64 65
TORSEMIDE 95 95 65 157
ROPINIROLE HCL 95 95 65 124
NEXIUM 93 93 67 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 89 81 68 32
CELEBREX 87 87 69 71
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 82 82 70 46
VYTORIN 82 82 70 185
NITROFURANTOIN 80 80 72 330
LIDODERM 78 78 73 130
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 76 76 74 99
SYNTHROID 76 74 74 40
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 73 73 76 76
AZOR 72 70 77 262
ULORIC 72 69 77 340
VITAMIN D2 71 71 79 369
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 68 68 80 147
BENICAR HCT 67 65 81 156
LATANOPROST 66 66 82 200
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 66 66 82 127
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 64 84 42
VOLTAREN 61 59 85 175
NITROSTAT 58 58 86 164
HUMALOG 55 55 87 131
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 54 S2 88 49
ACTOS 54 54 88 125
METOLAZONE 53 53 90 173
GLIPIZIDE 52 51 91 56
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 52 52 91 149
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 50 93 64
BUSPIRONE HCL 50 45 94 146
VANCOMYCIN HCL 50 50 94 348
FINASTERIDE 50 45 94 80
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 Dec. 8, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.