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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,730Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 118 out of 2343

$994K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 123 out of 2343

411 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

12% of this provider’s 411 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 411 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 13,508 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% 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

43 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 694 586 1 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 637 529 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 578 441 3 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 519 427 4 8
FUROSEMIDE 498 440 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 448 387 6 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 434 320 7 2
LISINOPRIL 408 314 8 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 363 288 9 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 356 263 S3 10 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 312 284 11 14
KLOR-CON M20 271 199 12 44
GABAPENTIN 269 199 13 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 233 220 14 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 209 157 15 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 206 140 16 77
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 201 172 17 15
MIRTAZAPINE 200 165 18 41
NOVOLOG 190 142 19 110
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 189 149 20 11
FENTANYL 184 94 S2 21 69
ATENOLOL 169 166 22 12
TRAMADOL HCL 165 134 23 25
CLOPIDOGREL 157 135 24 26
MELOXICAM 157 129 24 68
METFORMIN HCL 156 120 26 9
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 156 127 26 72
CARVEDILOL 150 138 28 27
LANTUS 141 112 29 51
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 141 98 29 54
RANITIDINE HCL 135 99 31 43
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 133 104 32 99
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 131 116 33 10
AZITHROMYCIN 127 101 34 39
CRESTOR 125 112 35 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 121 34 S2 36 49
HYDRALAZINE HCL 120 115 37 92
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 120 77 37 105
TRAZODONE HCL 119 94 39 53
ENULOSE 114 77 40 345
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 84 41 55
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 111 85 42 18
SPIRONOLACTONE 110 83 43 65
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 106 81 44 85
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 103 83 45 24
GENERLAC 97 61 46 281
ADVAIR DISKUS 97 63 46 34
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 94 54 48 149
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 94 89 48 59
PLAVIX 91 76 50 38
FAMOTIDINE 91 60 50 60
NEXIUM 90 89 52 33
CEPHALEXIN 89 74 53 111
SERTRALINE HCL 88 45 54 20
CYMBALTA 85 57 55 74
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 84 52 56 87
LEVETIRACETAM 82 35 57 104
RISPERIDONE 82 64 57 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 82 72 57 22
OLANZAPINE 79 43 60 121
LIDODERM 79 69 60 130
CLOZAPINE 78 20 62 245
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 59 63 124
OXYCODONE HCL 76 27 S2 64 67
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 74 43 65 137
PREDNISONE 70 46 66 37
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 69 51 67 160
GLIMEPIRIDE 66 51 68 45
NAMENDA 65 50 69 36
CILOSTAZOL 65 61 69 204
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 58 69 32
ABILIFY 64 32 72 159
SANTYL 64 14 72 195
NITROFURANTOIN 63 44 74 330
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 62 38 75 168
DIGOXIN 61 35 76 35
NOVOLIN 70-30 60 33 77 268
SEROQUEL 57 37 78 171
BUSPIRONE HCL 57 38 78 146
FENOFIBRATE 53 47 80 94
GLIPIZIDE 52 52 81 56
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 52 43 81 180
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 45 81 28
MECLIZINE HCL 52 43 81 103
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 51 85 76
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51 40 85 19
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 50 28 S2 87 142
TRAVATAN Z 50 50 87 278
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 14, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.