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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,855Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 2343

$994K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 124 out of 2343

449 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

15% of this provider’s 449 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 449 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 20,874 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

51 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,152 1,094 1 1
MIRTAZAPINE 934 872 2 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 903 839 3 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 815 784 4 17
LISINOPRIL 809 780 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 788 707 6 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 757 691 7 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 732 709 8 21
FUROSEMIDE 688 641 9 6
TRAZODONE HCL 471 431 10 53
RISPERIDONE 469 382 11 61
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 438 413 12 2
NAMENDA 402 396 13 36
RANITIDINE HCL 336 315 14 43
LEVETIRACETAM 331 248 15 104
SERTRALINE HCL 327 291 16 20
GABAPENTIN 291 271 17 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 280 251 18 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 266 247 19 11
HYDRALAZINE HCL 263 224 20 92
CARVEDILOL 260 247 21 27
METFORMIN HCL 253 212 22 9
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 214 211 S2 23 49
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 213 191 24 77
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 205 177 25 18
OMEPRAZOLE 193 183 26 4
LANTUS 190 190 27 51
LIDODERM 164 144 28 130
PREDNISONE 159 155 29 37
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 159 156 29 126
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 151 151 31 14
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 147 112 32 105
KLOR-CON M20 140 133 33 44
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 139 126 34 55
SEROQUEL 139 128 34 171
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 132 109 36 152
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 130 126 37 54
FENTANYL 128 126 S2 38 69
ADVAIR DISKUS 123 117 39 34
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 122 117 40 85
HUMALOG 119 109 41 131
TRAMADOL HCL 115 113 42 25
CLOPIDOGREL 112 99 43 26
AMANTADINE 109 103 44 374
OLANZAPINE 107 95 45 121
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 105 104 46 28
TRAVATAN Z 105 105 46 278
CLONIDINE HCL 98 91 48 70
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 97 77 S3 49 112
FINASTERIDE 97 96 49 80
BENICAR 96 84 51 93
NIFEDIAC CC 94 82 52 376
SANTYL 94 83 52 195
CALCIUM ACETATE 92 69 54 291
DIGOXIN 91 79 55 35
HALOPERIDOL 91 84 55 229
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 88 88 57 149
NIFEDICAL XL 85 81 58 148
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 75 59 72
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 64 60 19
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 83 82 60 76
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 82 78 S2 62 283
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 57 63 82
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 80 75 64 120
AGGRENOX 78 78 65 174
SPIRIVA 78 77 65 48
NOVOLOG 78 76 65 110
COLCRYS 77 77 68 166
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 72 69 32
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 72 67 70 180
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 70 70 71 356
CALCITRIOL 69 68 72 189
ATENOLOL 68 65 73 12
ABILIFY 67 65 74 159
DIOVAN 64 64 75 23
PLAVIX 63 58 76 38
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 63 59 76 192
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 62 61 78 10
VALPROIC ACID 62 33 78 261
LATANOPROST 61 61 80 200
PHENYTOIN 60 41 81 380
FAMOTIDINE 59 59 82 60
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 58 53 83 15
CLONIDINE 57 44 84 307
HYDROCORTISONE 55 41 85 225
AMIODARONE HCL 54 54 86 158
PAROXETINE HCL 52 39 87 66
NOVOLIN R 51 51 88 227
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 48 88 168
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 44 90 65
ALLOPURINOL 50 37 90 31
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 Aug. 3, 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.