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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,429Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 186 out of 2343

$801K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 236 out of 2343

535 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

4% of this provider’s 535 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 535 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,912 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 760 691 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 756 696 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 627 602 3 5
LISINOPRIL 443 407 4 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 358 320 5 7
SIMVASTATIN 356 317 6 1
METFORMIN HCL 336 270 7 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 312 306 8 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 303 296 9 14
FUROSEMIDE 289 260 10 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 265 252 11 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 261 238 12 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 250 215 13 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 222 195 14 45
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 204 164 S3 15 13
DIOVAN 199 198 16 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 187 175 17 18
NEXIUM 185 163 18 33
LOVASTATIN 184 175 19 47
ALLOPURINOL 181 169 20 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 175 153 21 15
ZETIA 166 145 22 52
CLOPIDOGREL 165 158 23 26
CRESTOR 165 156 23 30
BENICAR 164 162 25 93
CLONIDINE HCL 159 155 26 70
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 156 147 27 22
ATENOLOL 155 144 28 12
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 152 148 29 199
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 150 140 30 59
AZITHROMYCIN 141 124 31 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 130 109 32 24
PLAVIX 122 112 33 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 117 109 34 17
GLYBURIDE 116 104 R 35 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL 109 106 36 29
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 82 37 64
KLOR-CON M20 102 93 38 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 100 100 39 21
SYNTHROID 95 95 40 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 89 88 41 32
LYRICA 84 77 42 135
JANUVIA 83 70 43 50
FELODIPINE ER 82 77 44 116
LABETALOL HCL 81 72 45 153
METFORMIN HCL ER 80 79 46 88
NIFEDIPINE ER 77 77 47 89
BENAZEPRIL HCL 77 58 47 113
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 70 49 28
AGGRENOX 73 73 50 174
DIOVAN HCT 70 67 51 63
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 70 70 51 76
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 64 51 46
TORSEMIDE 69 68 54 157
DIGOXIN 69 65 54 35
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 68 64 56 122
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 63 56 34
SERTRALINE HCL 63 50 58 20
ACTOS 63 49 58 125
EVISTA 62 50 60 128
GABAPENTIN 62 42 60 16
NAMENDA 61 61 62 36
MECLIZINE HCL 60 59 63 103
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 59 53 64 55
EXFORGE 58 54 65 163
PROAIR HFA 58 45 65 86
PREDNISONE 56 56 67 37
SPIRIVA 55 55 68 48
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 53 47 69 127
CARVEDILOL 53 45 69 27
VERAPAMIL ER 52 40 71 95
CYMBALTA 52 40 71 74
BUSPIRONE HCL 51 29 73 146
PAROXETINE HCL 50 50 74 66
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 March 4, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.